hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and dispose thereof as
follows, FIRST it is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses
be well and truly paid and discharged by all my children hereinafter
named and that each of my children shall pay thair equal seventh part
thereof. ITEM I give to my son Garrit my biggest gun for his birth
right ITEM I give and bequeath to my son Cornelius all that certain
piece or part of my lot of Land I now dwell upon that is to say begin-
ning at Passaick River from thence westerly with the full breadth of my
said lot to a certain ditch together with all the buildings and privileges
thereunto belonging which I give to my said son Cornelus his heirs and
assigns forever. ITEM I give and bequeath to my son Jacob and to
his heirs and assigns forever all that piece or part of my said Lot of land
to wit beginning at the aforesaid ditch which is to the westward of my
hay barriks and from thence running westerly with the full breadth of my
said lot until it comes to an apple tree standing near or at the drift road
on the west side of said Jacobs Hay Barrick and the remainder of my
said lot of land and my share in the School house and in the land there-
unto belonging. I do give and bequeath to my said to sons Cornelus
and Jacob and to their heirs and assigns forever to be equally divided
between them in such a manner as will be most convenient for each of
them. ITEM I give and bequeath to my daughter Leuya all my house-
hold furniture also two milk cows and three sheep. ITEM I give to my
daughter Catriena one milk cow ITEM I give to my said son Comelus
all my blacksmiths tools and it is my will that all the remainder of my
moveable estate shall be equally divided between all my children namely
Gerret, Conrelus Adriaen, Jacob and my daughters Catriena and An-
naatye share and share alike and. further it is my will that my said son
Cornelus shall furnish my grandson Cornelus (eldest son of my son John
dec’d) with a good set of blacksmiths tools that is to say when my said
grandson Cornelus shall attain the age of twenty one years, and further
it is my Will and order that my son Cornelus shall pay the sum of sev-
enty five pounds current money of New York that is to say the sum of
fifteen pounds to my son Garrit and the sum of fifteen pounds to my son
Adriaen and the sum of fifteen pounds to my daughter Lecya and the
sum of fifteen pounds to my daughter Catriena and the sum of fifteen
pounds to my daughter Annaatye or to their heirs or assigns and that at
or before the expiration of ten years after my decease, it is also my
Will and order that my said son Jacob shall pay the sum of seventy five
pounds current money of New York to my sons Garrit and Adrean and
my said daughter Lecya, Catriena, Annaatye and to each of them their
heirs or assigns the sum of fifteen pounds at the expiration of ten
years after my decease, and I do nominate and appoint my two sons
Garrit and Comelus executors of this my last will and testament and
do hereby revoke and disannul all former Wills by me made confirming
this to be my last will and testament. In Witness Whereof the said Cor-
nelus Aeltse have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first
Comelus Aeltse. (SEAL).
III. Martje, m. Peter Adolf, both of Acquackanonk,
May 6, 1727. She was called Martje Aeltse.
IV. Annetje, bap. at Bergen, May l, 1696; m. Peter
Gerritse, widower, June 22, 1733.
V. Rachel, m. Barend van Hoorn, both being of Ac-
quackanonk, Nov. 17, 1727. Issue: l. Aeltje, b. Sept. 19,
1728, at Wesel ; m. Johannes Ruthan, Dec. 26, 1746; he was
b. at Rosendale; at the time of his marriage he lived in Ber-
gen county, and she lived at Wyckoff*; 2. Dirck, b. Feb. 20,
1730; 3. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 18, 1731.
VI. Lea, m. Elias Vreeland. Ch., Gerret, b. Feb. 5,
Jan-Juriaen Thomasse and Neeltje Gerabrantse had child-
I. Jurie, b. Jan.22, 1703; m. Helena Van Houten,
b. at Acquackanonck, Oct. 19, 1738. He was called Jurie
Janze Van Rype—-Jurie son of Jan. Some of his descend-
ants took the name Jurianse or Yereance, and others Aury-
II. Marritje, b. March 16, I706.
III. Mettie (Metje), b. July 22,1711; m. John Vreeland.
IV. Gerrebrant, b. at New Barbadoes Neck, June l,
1719; m. Fytje Van Vorst (b. at New Barbadoes Neck),
Jan. 6, 1742. He was called Garbrant Jurriyaansen in the
Harmen-Juriaen Thomasse had children:
By his first wife, Marietje Frerikse:
1. Jurjaen, b. Sept. 12, 1710. This was probably the
Jerry Van Ryper, of Somerset county, whose will, dated
Oct. 2, 1788, proved Oct. 10, 1789, names children; 1.
Harmen Van Rype or Van de Ripe; 2. John; 3. Magda-
len; 4. Sarah; g. Chrisyn; 6. Mary; 7. Catharine; 8.
Charity; 9. Judah,
II. Frerik (Frederick), b. Feb. 22, 1713; m. 1st, Ca-
trintje Hopper, Oct. 19, 1738; 2d, Annetje Van Vorst (b.
at New Barbadoes Neck), Dec. 2, 1742.
III. Abraham, b. Jan. 25, 1716; m. Elizabeth Bradbery,
m. bond dated Nov. 28, 1747. He was called Abraham Van
Ryper. His wife was the dau. of John Bradbery, a miller
on the Third River, who acquired a large interest in Ac-
quackanonk at an early day (1).
(1) According to tradition-not a safe dependence, usually-John Brad-
bury and his wife Elizabeth came to this country from England with six
children-three sons and three daughters. He was already settled at
“Achquickenuncke ” when he bought from the East Jersey Proprietors,
March 28, 1698, for f 15 ” current silver money of the Province,” a tract
of fifteen acres on Bareskin brook; also another tract about fifteen
chains square, ” bounded south by the Dutch Men’s Land west by the
Third river and hisown land, north by Achquickenunk line,east by Sam-
uel Plum and Samuel Ward.” He subsequently bought more land from
John Plum, of Newark, (1) and at a later date became the owner of a
tract known as Lot No. 1, in the Acquackanonk Patent; also of Lot No.
13, East, in the Bogt subdivision. He had considerable mills on the
Third river, and altogether was a man of importance in the community.
The name is variously written in the records as Bradbury, Broadberry,
and in Dutch as Braet-berri, the pronunciation being always the same.
Delightfully vague rumors have come down through succeeding genera-
tions of a vast ” Bradbury Estate ” lying dormant in England, awaiting
claimants. As an aid to these prospective heirs, but particularly for the
light it gives on the title to various tracts in the ancient Acquackanonk
Patent, the will of John Bradbery is given herewith:
In the Name of God Amen this Eleventh day of August Anno One
Thousand Seven hundred & thirty Nine in the thirteen year of the reign
of our Sovereign Lord George the Second of Great Britain ffrance &
Ireland King Defender of the ffaith &c. I John Bradbery of Acquack-
nonck in the County of Essex and province of the Eastern Devision of
New Jersey Miller being at this present time in Sound and perfect mind
and memory thanks be given unto God therefore, but calling to mind
the frailty and mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed
unto men once to dey do make and ordain this my last will and Teste-
ment, in manner and forme following (that is to say) first and princi-
plely I recommend my Soule into the hands of God that gave it hopeing
through the merrits of Christ my Saviour to have Eternal Life and my
bodey I recommend to the Eart to be by my Executors hereafter
named to be buried in Deasent & Christian maner at ther discretion and
tuching such worldly Estate wherewith it haith pleased God to bless me
with in this Life I give devise and dispose thereof in the following-
maner and form. Item I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved
wife during her natural Life the Dweling House wherein I now live in,
the use of the best Wagon, 2 horses foure milsh Cows the Choyce of
(1) E. J. Deeds, F, 553; 1.244. By a survey dated Feb. 34, 1721, there
was returned to him and Jacob Freeland a tract of 147.5 acres on Stink-
er’s brook (near Third river), of which Bradbury was to have 103.3
acres.-Perth Arntoy Surveys.
age, and when ninity years old conveyed all of his property to
his children in consideration of the following agreement, (1)
which was not unusual in those days, and which, according
to family tradition, turned out happily for all concerned:
Know all men by these presents that we John Van Riper of the
Township of Newark and Philip Van Riper of the Township of
Acqackononck both in the County of Essex and State of New Jersey
best pasture, the use of the Barne fire wood, and long fodder Sufficient
for the sd Horses & Cows. Also the use of two of my best Servants to
wait upon her, the use of Such ffurniture as shall be necessary. Also
free Grinding of all such graine she shall have occasion for or of Item
I give devise and bequeath unto my Sun Richard Bradbery and to the
heirs of his bodey Lawfully to be begotten all yt Tract of Land & Orchard
whereon I now live lying on the west side of the Rode leading to ye
third River beginning at the East side of my Mill Dam and from thence
running Easterly to Cornelious Loberson’s Line thence along the said
Line to the third River thence along the third River to the Dutchmen’s
Line as is so mention in the patent for the same Land thence Southerly
along the Same line to Bastian Van Geassels line, thence Easterly as the
same line runs to the highway, thence along the highway to the first
mentioned plase together with all the houses out houses Mills Barns
thereon Erected Excepting the use of my said house Barne and Grind-
ing as is heretofore given Wife for her use during her natural li fe, as also
three acors Land lying by Pasaik River which I bought of Abraham
Bucke with bolting box & bolting cloth and the house thereon Erected
with this Express Condition that he my son Richard shall pay unto my
beloved Wife the sum of Twenty pounds Current money of New Jersey
Yearly and every year during her Natural Life Also to my Daughter
Susanna the Sum of One hundred thirty three pounds Six Shillings and
Eight pence & to her heirs foure years after my decease. Also my
Daughter Elizabeth Sum of one hundred thirty three pounds Six Shill-
ings and Eight pence foure years after my decease, the Sum of Sixty Six
pounds thirteen Shillings and four pence to my Grand Daughter Mary
Bery four years after my decease & the Sum of Sixty Six pounds thir-
teen Shillings and four pence to my Grandson William Bery when he
shall come to ye Age of twenty one years but in case my Sun Richard
dos not comply with every Article Clause and Condition herein Con-
tained and at the time limited, then I Will that the said Tracks of Lands
Houses Mills Barn bolting box bolting Cloth house thereon Erected be
devided in foure Equal Shares or parts as followeth, one Eaquel forth
part unto my Son Richard and to his heirs Lawfully begotten, one
Equal forth part to my Daughter Susanna and to her heirs. One Equal
forth part to my Daughter Elizabeth and to her heirs Lawfully to be
begotten. One Equal forth part to the Children of my Daughter Mary
Bery deed and to their heirs to be Equally divided among them share &
share alike and to the Survivors of them in Case any of them dey in
their nonage Also in Case my Sun Richard does not Comply with the
aforesaid Conditions then my beloved wife will — deprived of a Suffi-
cient Maintenance I will that my Executors hereafter named shall pay
out of my personal Estate unto my beloved Wife the — Sum of
Twenty pounds yearly and every year insted of the twenty pounds my
Sun Richard should have paid her Item as tuching all my real Estate
howsoever or wheresoever which I have not herein devised, I do give
and bequeath as followeth; unto my Daughter Susanna one Equal third
part and to her heirs unto my Daughter Elizabeth one Equeal third part
and to her heirs and unto the Children of my Daughter Mary Bery de-
ceased one Equeal third part & to their heirs to be Equally divid
Amoung them and unto the Survivors of them in Case any of them dey
in their nonage. Item as to my personal Estate which I shall dey pos-
sessed of Excepting such things as I have given to my wife for her use
during her Life, I give & bequeath as followth Viz; unto my Sun Rich-
ard One Equal forth part and to his heirs, unto my Daughter Susanna
one Equal forth part & to her heirs unto my Daughter Elizabeth one
Equal forth part and to her heirs & one Equal forth part to the Children of
my Daughter Mary Bery deceased and unto there heirs to be Equally
divided among them And Whereas it may so happen that the Children
of my Daughter Bery be under age at my decease so that they will be
(I) The Van Houten Manuscripts, 19.
and Richard Van Houten of the township of Saddle River in the County
of Bergen and State aforesaid are held and firmly bound unto Abraham
Van Riper of the Township of Acquackononck in the County of Essex
and state aforesaid in the sum of Five hundred and fifty dollars Lawful
money of the State of New Jersey to be paid to the said Abraham Van
Riper or to his certain Attorney Heirs Executors Administrators or
Assigns for which payment well and truly to be made and done
We bind ourselves our Heirs Executors and Administrators Jointly and
Severally firmly by these presents Sealed with our Seals and Dated this
uncable of deviding to Prevent the Ill Consequence thereof I will and
do order my Executors hereafter named do make a just and true divis-
ion according to the intent & meaning of this my will and give unto
Each Legatee there just and true devidend according as I have herein
left them. Item in Case any of my Children should dey without lawfull
Issue that part share or portion which they was to have I will devise and
bequeath the same unto my Surviving Children and to there heirs that
has lawfull Issue. Lastly I do hereby nomenate & appoint my my Sun
in Law John Ludlow & my Trusty ffrend Samuel Rattan Executors of
this my Last will and Testement & do hereby utterly revoke disanull &
make void all & any other former wills and Testements heretofore by me
maid rattifying allowing & holding firm & Effectually this & no other to
be my last Will & Testement. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set
my hand & seal ye day and yeare first abouve written.(l)
John Bradbery [L. S.]
This instrument was witnessed by Rachel Vrelandt, Margriet Vree-
lant and ffranselijntye Vreeland, and was proved Sept. 7, 1740. Rattan
refused to qualify as executor, and only Ludlow qualified.
John Bradbery had issue:
I. Richard, m. Maria Merrill; d. without issue.
II. Susanna, m. Jan Ludlow, Sept. 33,1731. Issue; 1. Jan, b. June
11, 1732; m. – -; 2. Richard, b. Aug. -, 1745! m. Elizabeth -;
d. Nov. 17, 1820, aged 75 yrs. 3 mos. She d. May 31, 1829, aged 79 yrs.,
8 mos., 6 days. For some account of John Richard Ludlow and his des-
cendants, see p. 130.
III. Elizabeth, m. Abraham Van Riper, m. bond dated Nov. 28, 1747.
IV. Mary, m. Jan Berry, of New Barbadoes, Nov. 12, 1709, He was
probably a grandson of Major John Berry, of the Island of Barbadoes,
of whom and his son Richard Berry mention is made on p. 114. Issue:
i. Jan, m. Mareitje Baaldin (Mary Baldwin). Children : i. Ritsjer
(Richard), bap. Feb. 11, 1750; 2. Maria, bap. Dec. 15, 1751 ; 3. Lena,
bap. Oct. 27. 1754; 4. Susanna, bap. Feb. 24, 1757; 5. Abraham, bap.
March 22, 1761.
ii. Philip, m, Helena DeGrauw, Nov. 15, 1743. Children : 1. Jan,
bap, Aug. 12, 1744; d. in inf.; 3. Dirck (Richard), bap. Oct. 20, 1745:
d. in inf.; 3. Jan, bap. Aug. 4, 1751 ; 4. Richard, b. June 2, 1753.
iii. Samuel, m. Hendrickje Kip. Child: Mareitje, bap. Jan. 29,
iv. Abraham, m. Annaatje Outwater. Child: Marytje, b. Dec.
v. Willem, b. Aug. 31, 1730.
Richard Bradbery failed to comply with the conditions of his father’s
will, and having left no issue the entire estate of John Bradbery
descended to Susanna Ludlow, Elizabeth Van Riper and the children of
Mary Berry, and these heirs mutually released to each other. Jan
Berry, son of Mary, received from the other heirs a deed, Dec. 20, 1770,
for part of Lot No, 1, at Acquackanonk, on the Third river, containing 68
acres(2) Lot No. 13, East, in the Bogt, appears to have been allotted to
Abraham Berry and William Berry, who sold the same to Cornelis Ger-
ritse and Cornelis Van Riper, April 20, 1772, the former taking a one-
third interest, and the latter two-thirds; Jacob Cornelius Van Riper,
mason, of Acquackanonk, released to Simeon John Van Winkle and
John H, Garritse, heirs of Cornelis Gerritse, the northern third part of
the Lot, April 15, 1788, and conveyed the remaining two-thirds to John
Neafie, May 2, 1788.(3) John Ludlow received lands near Third river, and
Van Riper received a third interest elsewhere,(4)
(1) E. J. Wills, Liber C, f. 536.
(2) Essex Transcribed Deeds, B, 69.
(3) See notes on Lot No. 13, East, on p, 72, ante.
(4) E. J. Deeds, F 3,f. 278.
Sixth Day of August in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hun-
dred and six.
Whereas the said Abraham Van Riper by his certain Deed of Gift
bearing even Date herewith hath sold and conveyed all his right
and Interest in and to the farm whereon the said John Van Riper now
lives-And hath also by his certain other Deed of Gift sold and
conveyed all his right and Interest in and to the farm whereon the said
Philip Van Riper now lives-And by his certain other Deed of Gift or
Bill of Sale hath sold and assigned certain Goods and Chattels to Mary
Van Houten the wife of tile said Richard Van Houten-Now Therefore
the Condition of the above obligation is such that it the above bound
John Van Riper, Philip Van Riper and Richard Van Houten their Heirs
Executors and Administrators shall maintain the said Abraham Van
Riper during his natural life and find and provide him with Good and
sufficient meat, Drink ,washing, Lodging and Clothing at either of
the Houses of the said John Van Riper. Philip Van Riper or Richard
Van Houten in which the said Abraham Van Riper shall or may choose
to reside and Dwell-and they the said John Van Riper, Philip
Van Riper and Richard Van Houten their Heirs Executors or Adminis-
trators shall well and truly pay or Cause to be paid unto the said
Abraham Van Riper yearly and every year from the date hereof during
his natural life the sum of fifteen dollars each in trust for the use of him
at whose House the said Abraham Van Riper may choose to reside and
Dwell and in that proportion for any part of the Year in which the said
Abraham Van Riper may happen to die-Then the above Obligation to
be Void otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Sealed and Delivered : John Van Riper [L. S.]
In the presence of:
Philip Van Riper [L. S.]
Richard Van Houten [L. S.]
Note The word ” five ” in the eighth line :
of the penalty altered from the word :
Two-before the execution hereof-:
G. Van Howten
Jno. R. Crane.
IV. Johannes, b. July 21, 1718; m. Hester Stynmets,
April 6, 1754. He was called Johannis or Johannis H. Van
By his second wife, Judith Steinmets :
V. Christophel (Christopher), b. Sept. 6, 1722; m.
Metje Brouwer, Sept. 28, 1746· His name appears in the
records as Crestoffel or Christophel Van Rypen. He prob-
ably lived in the Peckamin river neighborhood.
VI. Maritje, b. Sept. 14, 1724.
VII. Jacob, b. Feb. 8, 1728; m. Sophia (Fytje) Jaco-
basse, of Essex county, m. bond dated Feb. 23, 1761. He
lived on a farm adjoining that of Frans Post, on the Pecka-
min river, near Little Falls. His will, dated Oct. 17, 1794,
probate granted Dec. 23, 1794, made this disposition of his
In the Name of God Amen I, Jacob Van Ripen of Peckman River(2) so
called being Weak in Body but of sound mind and Memory, reallizing
the Mortallity of my mortal Body do constitute and Appoint this to be
my Last Will and testament. Imprimus I order my- just debts and
funeral Charges to be paid Out of my Movable Estate, Item I give and
Bequeath unto Sophiah my Lawfull and faithfull Wife the full Improve-
ment of All and Every part and parcell of Both my real and personal
Estate during the Term of her Natural Life, or while she shall remain
my Widow, After Which I will and Bequeath my whole Estate in man-
ner following that is is to say that my Homestead or Farm Lying
on Peckmans River (2)be devided into Six equal Shares or parts together
with the Movables then remaining One of which Shares or Equal parts
I will and Bequeath Unto My Son Harman, another Share or equal part
I will and Bequeath unto my Son John Another Share equal part I will
and Bequeath unto my son Thomas Another share or equal part I will
and Bequeath unto my son Richard an Other share or equal part I will
and Bequeath unto my Son Isaac, An other share or equal part I will
and Bequeath unto my son Jacob. Furthermore it is my Will that the
Land I Own at Horse Neck be devided into Five Equal parts which
equal parts or shares I give and Bequeath in Manner following that is
to say one equal part or Share unto my son Harmar an Other
equal part or share unto my son John an other Equal part or share unto
my Son Thomas an other equal part or Share unto my son Richard an
Other equal part or share I will and Bequeath unto my sons Isaac &
Jacob. Further it is my Will and pleasure that My Sons Isaac
and Jacob receive and education from my Estate equal unto the rest of
their Brothers which Expence is to be borne by their Mother. Further
more I give and Bequeath All My Blacksmith Tools unto my Son John,
Further More I give and Bequeath unto my Daughters Helena and
Judey the sum of fifty pounds each which Legacy I order to be paid
equally by my Six Sons. I hereby Older Constitute & and Appoint my
sons Harmar, John and Thomas to be my Lawful Executors to this my
Last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have to these
presents Set my Hand and seal In the Township of Acquachanonk In
the County of Essex and State of New Jersey this seventeenth day of
October in the year of Our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and
Jacob Van Ripen [L.S.]
Signed Sealed and published in presence of John Personett Jotham
Perry Benjn Prince N. B. the Words (and Bequeath unto my Son) Be-
tween the Nineteenth and twentyeth Line were interlined before Sign-
ing. Benjn Prince John Personett.(l)
VIII. Isaac, b. Sept. 30, 1729; m. Catrina Van Rype,
both being of Acquackanonk, June 21, 1753.
IX. Sarah, b. June 30, 1732.
X. Gerrit, b. Nov. 3, 1734 m. Fytje Van Winkle, b.
at Acquackanonk, Oct. 18, 1757.
XII. Thomas, m. Saertje Van Rype, both of Acquacka-
nonk, Dec. 21, 1755.
Gerrit-Thomas-Jurimasseaen Thomasse and Jannetje Vree-
land had children:
1. Marritje, m. Henry Van Winkle.
II. Jannetje, m. Johannis Van Winkle, of Essex, July
III. Antje, b. Sept. 16, 1730; d. in childhood.
IV. Lea, m. Peter Jacobusse, widower, both of Essex
county, March 15, 1753. Issue; I. Antje, b. Aug. 25, 1753.
2. Gerret, b. Feb. 26, 1762.
Jurjaen-Thomas-Juriaen Thomasse and Aeltje Van
Winkle had children:
1. Thomas, b. Jan. 7, 1715 ; m. Lea Van Wagenen,
b. at Wesel *, both living at Acquackanonk, Jan. l, 1741 (m.
bond dated Aug. 6, 1740, indicating some unforeseen
obstacle which delayed the nuptials nearly five months after
the license had been obtained).
II. Antje, b. Nov. 4, 1716, at Tappan; m. Martin
Ryersen, b. in New York, son of Frans Ryersen, in 1737 ;
she d. in 1781, and was buried in a private burying ground
near the present Garfield avenue, in the First Ward; after-
wards the remains were interred in the old Dutch cemetery
in Ryle avenue(3) ; some years ago the ashes were removed to
Cedar Lawn Cemetery. Some account of her descendants
will be found in the Ryerson Genealogy.
III. Simeon, b. Feb. 8, 1719.
IV. Jenneke, b. at Tappan, Dec. 25, 1720; m. Sept. 6,
1745. Jacob Van Houten, b. at Totowa.
(1) Recorded in Book No. 33 of Wills, Trenton, page 371.
(2) West Paterson Area
(3)Old Totowa Cemetery,Paterson,NJ.
V. Abraham, b. Sept. 27, 1722; d. in inf.
VI. Johannis, b. May 7, 1725 m. Christiena Pieterse,
Jan. 5, 1753, both were of Acquackanonk at the time.
VII. Rachel, b. Sept. 4, 1726; prob. m. 1st, Abraham
Van Winkel, both of Acquackanonk, Feb. 17, 1753; 2nd
Frans Post, widower, both of Wesel, Sept. 21, I755.
VIII. Lea, b. June 14, 1729.
IX. Abraham, b. Feb. 12, 1731. He was prob. the
Abraham Van Riper, of Second River, whose will, dated
Aug. 17, 1770, proved Sept. 24, 1770, directs all his mov-
able effects to be sold at public vendue within six weeks
after his decease, and the net proceeds to be put out at in-
terest for the use of his two daughters, Rachel and Altie,
until they should be of age or married, (l)
X. Dirck, b. June 9, 1734. m, Elisabet Meet (b. May
26, l739, May 23, 1762 , d. April 24, 1807. A tract of
145.40 acres was surveyed to him, Nov. 23, 1762, at Upper
Preakness*, on the road (now known as Berdan avenue)
pleading from the Hamburg turnpike to Oakland.
*a section of Wayne,NJ.
Jan-Thomas-Juriaen Thomasse and Marritje Van Houten
I. Thomas, d. before 1789. He was a blacksmith by
trade, and was prob. the Thomas Van Rype, widower, who
m. Sarah Post, wid., Sept. 21, 1777.
II. Derrick, m. Elizabeth (Lybetje) Van Houte, Jan.
1767. He d. intestate, and Garret I. Van Riper and
Abraham Van Houten were appointed administrators,
March 30, 1803. In the instrument making the appointment
Derrick is described as “Richard I. (Jan) Van Riper, late
of Essex county.” In 1795 he is referred to as Capt. Der-
rick Van Riper.
III. Gerret, h. May 2, 1754; m. Jannetje Winne. In
1789 he was living at Bergen*; in 1802, at Washington, N. Y.
IV. Adrian, b. Sept. 19, 1757.prob. m. Sarah Kelliham,
Aug. 1, l784. No account has been found of his descend-
V. Helmigh ; he was a shoemaker by trade.
VI. Johannes (John), m. Catharina Post; d. May —,
1827, aged 82 yrs. He had a small grist mill on the west
bank of the Passaic River, at or near the mouth of the brook
flowing into Dundee Lake. The site is now covered by
By deed May 2, 1789, the five sons above conveyed to
Richard Ludlow a tract of 39 &1/4 acres on Van Houten lane;
Ludlow also bought from them sundry other lands adjoin-
ing the above, “being part of the farm of Jan Tomasin Van
VII. Marritje ; she was living in 1797.
* Jersey City.
Abraham-Thomas-Juriacn Thomasse and Elizabeth Hes-
seise had children:
I. Jannetje, b. April 17, 1723, m, Halmagh-Dirck
an Houten, of Totowa, m. bond dated Oct. 19, 1750 ; she
survived her husband, and d. between July 27, 1773. and
July l, 1782.(3)
(1) E. J. Wills, K, 1. 270.
(2)Essex County Transcribed Deeds, C, 143, 144,149, 151.
(3) See notes on Lot No. 7, West, on p. 73, ante.
II. Elisabeth, b. Nov. 17, 1726;m Johannes-Roelof
Van Houten, in 1752 or earlier; she survived so late
Their father having died intestate , these two daughters
inherited his property, including lots 3 and 10, East, and
Lot 7, Westin the Bogt subdivison, as mentioned on p.
73, ante.Some accountof their descendents will be found
in the Van Houten Genealogy.
Isaac-Thomas-Juriacn Thomasse and Lea Van Winkel
I. Simon, b. Oct. 3, 1730; m. Maragrietje Pieterse,.
dau. of Jurrie Pieterse.
II. Marinus (Marynus), b. and lived at Slooterdam*;
m. ist, Catrina Cogh (dau. of Casparus Cogh or Kough, of
Slooterdam), May14, 1757; 2nd Elizabeth Lutken, bap.
Feb. 9, 1746, dan. of Hermen Lukesen (Lutken) and
Annaetje Anjevyn. In his will, dated August 13, 1791,
proved Oct. 22, 1792,, Marynis describes himself as of
Acquackanonk, his homestead being on the Wesel road. (1) He
gives all his estate to his wife Elizabeth during her widow-
hood, with power to dispose of the same for her support;
to Caspar, his eldest son, five shillings for his birthright;
the remainder of his real estate to his sons, after his wife’s
death or remarriage; to Catrina and Antje, one bed and
bedstead, with the furniture thereunto belonging; the
residue of his estate to be divided between all his children.
Executors-his wife and his brother-in-law Harmon Lutken.
The will was witnessed by Lucas Wessels, Henry Schoon-
maker and Hessel Pieterse. Elizabeth, widow of Marinus,
made her will April 15 1815, simply bequeathing her wear-
ing apparel, bedding, etc., to her two daughters, Anna
Loshy and Caty Wauters. The witnesses were B. V. D.
Brinkerhoff and his sister Hetty, wife of Peter Jackson.
The will was proved Feb. 3, 1833(2) The executors of Ma-
rinus sold the homestead farm, extending from the Wesel
road eastwardly to the Passaic river, being about 10×55
chains in area, containing 49.36 acres, to his son Isaac,
June 9, 1804; it was bounded on the south by lands of Ja-
cob En. Vreeland, and on the north by lands of Thomas
Post. Isaac conveyed the same day to Abraham Acker-
man. The executors also sold to Walling C. Van Winkle,
June 9, 1804, another tract, of 23.65 acres, bounded on the
east by the Passaic river, on the south by lands of the heirs
of Jacob E. Vreeland, deceased, and the heirs of Michael
E. Vreeland, deceased, on the west by the heirs of Michael
E. Vreeland and Walling C. Van Winkle, and on the north
by Jacob El. Vreeland.(3) These tracts were in or near the
northern part of the City of Passaic, near the Vreeland
III. Thomas, m. Neeltje Vreeland, both of Acquacka-
nonk, June 5, 1753. Ch., Isaac, b. March 31, 1754.
Jacob-Thomas-Juriaen Thomasse and Marietje Gerbrantse
I. Catrina, b. Sept. 28, 1729.
(1) Essex County Transcribed Deeds, A, 436, 444; D, 90, 130, 240.
(2) Essex County Wills, F, 69,
(3) Essex County Transcribed Deeds, A, 436,439* 444.
II. Harpert, b. April 16, 1731.m Margaret (Mar-
grietje) Berry, m. bond dated April 22, 1762. In 1790 he
lived on part of the John Bradbery farm, near “Broad-
berry’s lane,” in the vicinity of Third river*(1). He is usually
called Harpeand sometimes Horrip Van Riper in the records.
III. Gerrit, m. Geertje Gerrebrantse. Ch., Jacob, b.
Nov. 2, 1767; m. Jannetje Van Winkel, Nov. 8, 1792.
Dirck-Thomas-Juriaen Thomasse and PietertJe Post had
1. Dirck, m. ist, Claasje Vreeland, b. and living at
Wesel, Nov. 30, 1755; 2nd, Fytje Wagenen, wid. of
Dirck Vreeland, Oct. 14, 1787. This elderly couple lived
on the River road, south of Passaic, on opposite sides of the
Mineral brook road. As they were comfortably settled in
their own homes, they concluded to remain so , accordingly,
Dirck would call upon his wife, spend a sociable evening
with her) and then return to his own home. It does not
appear that they disagreed in any way; neither has it been
explained why they married at all, under such circum-
stances. This singular arrangement excited a great deal of
curiosity and comment in its day, but the parties most con-
cerned paid no attention to the comments of their neighbors
and continued their friendly but unconnubial relations for
fifteen years. Through Dirck’s farm the Mineral Spring
brook meandered. A minor tributary so abounded in tur-
tles that the Dutch called the adjacent elevation at Brook
avenue, Schellepute-berg (2)-Turtle Hill. Dirck died in-
testate, May 23, 1802, aged 69 yrs., 6 mos., 26 days, and his
four sons-in-law-Walling Van Winkle, Cornelius Sip,
Adrian M. Post and John Merselis-were appointed ad-
ministrators, May 25, 1802, just two days after his death.
His widow survived her quasi husband sixteen years. The
will of Sophia Van Riper is dated Jan. 14, 1809 ; witnessed
by Garret Van Riper, Helmagh Sip and Richard Riker;
proved May 13, 1818.(3) in it she devises all her estate to
her three sons-Richard Vreeland, Hermanns Vreeland,
and Ralph Vreeland, including 107 acres at Horseneck,
known by the name of “Wortelrly ,” also a lot of land in
Juriaen-Gerrit-Juriaen Thomasse and Margrietje Died-
ricks had children:
I. Gerrit, b. Sept 14, 1729 d. in inf.
II. Marragrietje, b. Oct. 7, 1733; m. Johannis-Corne-
III. Aeltje, b. March 4, 1735; bap. at Bergen; m. Dan-
(1) Hist. Passaic County Roads, 26, “Broadbury’s Lane” is the road
running from the River road in Acquackanonk township to Kings-
land’s paper mills. Joseph Kingsland of Bloomfield, acquired in 1814
and 1818) tbe interest of the heirs of Abraham Berry, deceased) in the
lands of their father, being doubtless derived from John Bradbury, and
now known as the Paper Mill property. See Essex County Transcribed
Deeds, C, 469-472.
(2) More correctly, Schildpad-berg.
(3) Essex County Wills, B, 411.
(4) Hout-tuyn-wood-garden, The name was applied to a tract of
land at Stone House Plains (Brookdale Park,Bloomfield,NJ)
where the trees grew so luxuriantly as to resemble a forest garden.
It was also called “the English wood land.”
* Third River -at the northwest end of Belleville,NJ. runs into
the Second River,which runs into the Passaic River.
V.Gerrit,b. April 6,1839; m. 1st, Jannetje Diedricks;
she d. Oct. 18,1784; 2nd, Leena Vreeland; he d.
Feb. 24,1821; Leena his wife, d Sept.25, 1819, aged 63
yrs. 4 mos.,6days
Cornelius-Gerrit-Juriaen Thomasse and Aellje Van Win-
kle had children:
I. Garret, d. without issue ; will proved May 4, 1795.
II. Daniel, b. June 26, 1736; m. Elizabeth Terhune,
Oct. 13, 1761 ; d. July 23, 1818; she was b. July 15, 1738;
d. June l, 1811.
III. Beelitje, b. Oct. 10, 1741; m. Johannis Van Horn,
May 6, 1762; d. Feb. 13, 1826.
IV. Jannetje, bap. April 16, 1745; m. Nicholas Tuers,
May 13, 1766.
V. Aeltje, b. June 7, 1748; m. Johannes Van Rypen.
Issue: l. Johannes, b. Dec. 4, 1768; 2. Thomas, b. Dec.
20, 1771; 3. Marretje, b. July 23, 1778.
VI. Cornelius, b. Dec. 8, 1750; d. Aug. 13, 1767.
Johannis Gerrit-Jurian- Thomasse and Maragrietje Van
Winkle had child:
1. Garret, b. Feb. 4, 1749.m. 1st, Catrintje Van
Wagenen; 2d, Catrientje Van Rypen, March 2, 1799;
d. Aug. 31, 1837.
Juriaen-Aelt-Juriaen Thomasse and Martje Vreeland had
1. Gerrit, b. Dec. 30, 1729; m. Helena (Lea, Leenlje)
Cornelis-Aelt-Juriaen Thomasse and Geesje Post had
I. Lea, b. Dec. l, 1729.
II. Johannis, bap. Aug. 29, 1731; m. Marragrietje
Van Rype. His will, dated Sept. 19, 1767, was proved
Sept. 28, 1767. It was evidently made on his death-bed.
He disposed of his property as follows:
Item I will & order that my Dearly beloved wife Marregrietye shall
Possess & Enjoy all my Estate Both real & personal During the time
She doth Continue to be My Widow Item I Give unto my Son Cornelius
five Shillings for bis birth Right. Item I further will & order that after
the Death or Remarriage of my said Wife all my Estate both real
& personal that is to Say all My Land & real Estate in the County of
Essex or Elsewhere shall be Equally Divided between all my Sons here-
in after Named viz the Equal fourth part of sd Land I give unto my Son
Cornelus his heirs & Assigns for Ever also one Equal fourth part of my
sd Land I Give to my Son Jurrie his heirs & Assigns for Ever also one
equal fourth part of my said Land I Give to my son John his heirs &
Assigns for Ever & also one Equal fourth Part of my sd Land I Give to
my son Garret his heirs & assigns for Ever & all my Personal Estate
Shall be Equally Divided between my four Sons above Named but in
case any of my sons above Named do Depart this Life without Issue
then & in Such Case the share of the Land hereby Given to them So
Departing as afd Shall Devolve unto the Surviving brothers to be then
Equally Divided between them & I do hereby Nominate Constitute &
appoint my brother in Law Garret Van Rypen & my Friend Hassel
Peterse to be Executors of this my Last Will & testament & I do hereby
Revoke & Disanul all former Wills by me made Ratifying & Confirm-
ing this to be my Last Will & testament in Witness whereof I the said
Jobannes C Van Rypen have to this my Last Will & testament set my
hand & Seal the Day & year first above Written. (1)
Signed & Sealed in the presence ) his
of us George Vreeland Hendrick} Johannes C Van X Rypen [L. S.)
Post, Samuel Merrick. ) Mark
III. Gerrit, prob. d. young.
(I) Recorded in Liber I of Wills, Trenton, pages 190 &c.
IV. Cornelius, m. 1st, Margaret Vreeland; 2d, Eliza-
beth Vreeland, Nov. 15, 1779. By deed (unrecorded), June
11, 1767, Cornelius Aeltse conveyed to his son, Cornelius
Van Reypen, for £300 and other causes: “The frunt part
of my lott of land on which I now dwell beginning at the
northeast corner of my land at a rock at Passaic River,
from thence westerly all along my line to a stone planted in
the ground along the highway which leads to the Falls near
the northwest corner of my barn, from thence southerly the
full breadth of my lott to another stone planted on the line
between me and Hendrick Post from thence easterly as my
line runs down to Passaic River, thence all along Passaic
River northerly to the place of Beginning: Containing six
acres be the same more or less,” the said Cornelius Aeltse
reserving for himself and his family during his natural life,
“the use of so mutch of the edifices on the premisses and of
the premisses and appurtenances as he may judge necessary.”
He doubtless wished to carry on his occupation at the
forge so long as he might have the ability to wield a ham-
mer or shoe a horse. Cornelius Van Reypen appears to
have been a man determined to have his rights, but at the
same time willing to assert them peaceably. In May, 1795,
he and his neighbor, Henry Post, had a controversy with
the representatives of the estate of Peter Vreeland, de-
ceased, as to their most westerly line, under the Wesel moun-
tain. The matter was left to John Elias Vreeland, Paul
Powlison and Abraham Willis, who made an award, estab-
lishing the beginning place “at the southwest corner of
Henry Posts line, eighty four chains distant from the cross
line of the division of the Wesel lots on a course N. 53. 12′
W. and from thence running N. 37. 48′ E. along marked
trees (mentioned) to stake and stones in the line of heirs of
Elias Vreeland deceased.” The administrators of Peter
Vreeland thereupon executed a release (unrecorded), May
25, 1795, to Henry Post and Cornelius Van Reypen, of all
the land east of the line so established by the award. A
like dispute between Cornelius Van Reypen, on the one
side, and Michael H. and Cornelius Vreeland, owners of
the Dree Hoek or Lot No. I, West, in the Bogt subdivision,
on the other part, regarding the line between that Lot and
Lot No. 13, in the Wesel subdivision, was referred to the same
arbitrators, who made a report (unrecorded) determining
the line; whereupon Michael H. and Cornelius Vreeland
executed a release (unrecorded) to Van Reypen, May 25,
1795, of all lands south of said line. The will of Cornelius
Van Riper, made March 13, 1798 during his last illness,
and proved March 31, 1798, is commendably brief:
In the Name of God Amen. I Cornelius Van Riper of Weasal in the
township of Accquacknonk, County of Essex and State of New Jersey,
being of sound mind and memory, but weak of body, do make and pub-
lish this my last Will and Testament: First, my will is that all my hon-
est debts shall be paid out of my Estate by my Executors herein after
named. Second, I give and bequeath to my children by my first wife
Margaret, namely, Seithtee, Rachel and Pegge, to their heirs and assigns
forever sixty pounds, moneys they have got by their mother’s Estate,
and all the personal Estate that is left, which was brought by their said
mother to me, to be equally divided between them share and share alike.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my two child by my last wife Elizabeth,
namely, Mary and Jenny, to their heirs and assigns forever, one hun-
dred pounds, money they have got by their mother’s Estate, and also
all the personal Estat now in being, which their said mother brought
to me, to be equally divided between them share and share alike.
Forthly, I give and bequeath to my first children Sithtee, the children
of Rachel and to Peggy, my two daughters and my daughter Rachel’s.
children, my negro wench Sary, and her daughter a small negro girl,
named Nance, to their heirs and assigns forever, the value of them to
be divided in three parts equally to them the said Sitree, Peggy and the
children of Rachel. Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my two daughters
Mary and Jenny, children of my last wife my negro wench named Laur,
and my negro boy named Tom, to them the said Mary and Jenny, their
heirs and assigns forever. Sixthly, I give and bequeath my negro man
Jim and the rest of my personal Estate to all my children; that is to say :
To Sithtee, Peggy, Mary, Jenney and Rachel’s children to their heirs
and assigns forever, to be equally divided between them, that is, the two
children of Rachel to have one equal share. Seventhly, my will further
is, that all my real or landed Estate; that is to say; The farm I now-
dwell upon, with the appurtenances, and a small lot of woodland lying
at the foot of the mountain to the west of a lot of meadow of Ebnr Blackly,
shall be equally divided between all my children, namely, Sithtee, Peggy,
Mary, Jenney and Rachel’s children, to them their heirs and assigns for-
ever share and share alik; that is to say: The two children of Rachel,
Peggy and Abigel, to have one full share laetween them: And I do
appoint my son in law John Berry, and my son in law John McCarty,.
and Cornelius Vreeland Esqure, Executors of this my last Will and Tes-
tament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
thirteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven
hundred and ninety-eight. (1)
Cornelius X Van Ryper (L S)
The witnesses were his next neighbors, Hartman Post
and Hartman M. Vreeland, and Abraham Willis, who-
doubtless wrote the will.
V. Jacob, m. —– —–. By deed (unrecorded)
April 14, 1788, Jacob C. Van Reipen, for f 230, after recit-
ing the will of Cornelius Aeltse, releases to his brother Cor-
nelius C. Van Rypen, “all that one moiety or equal part of
said lot of land which was of the said Cornelius Aeltse in
his lifetime and at the time of his death, to which the said
Jacob Van Rypen now claims right by virtue of the will
above stated and contains about sixty acres be the same-
more or less.”(2) ( Jacob Van Riper and Abigail his wife, of
Franklin township, Bergen county, conveyed to John Van
Houten, of Clarkstown, Orange county, N. Y., by deed
Feb. 16, 1803, for $4,250, a tract of land on the public road
leading from the Ponds(4) to Wagaraw(5), and the same day
bought from Peter Teboe, for $4,875, a farm on the road
from Campgaw(6) to Hopper town(7), together with twenty acres
adjoining, with a grist-mill and saw-mill.(3) It is by no-
means certain, however, that this Jacob Van Riper was the
son of Cornelis-Aeltse.)
VII. Adrian, prob. m. Sarah Ackerman. Ch., Abraham,
b. Sept. 14,1787.
VIII. Annaatje, prob. m. Barent Retan, March 3, 1775.
Ch., Geesje, b. Aug. 12, 1775.
Jurie-Jan-Juriaen Thomasse and Helena Van Houten
I. Christophel, m. Annatje Brouwer, Nov. 26, 1763;
she d. Jan. 22, 1812, aged 67 yrs., 3 mos., 20 days. He
was called Christophel Jurrianse, and is understood to have
(1) Recorded in Book of Wills No. 37, Trenton, pages 309 &c.
(2 )For mention of another deed by Jacob, April 15, 1788, see p. 72.
(3 )Bergen County Transcribed Deeds, C, 313, 434.
(5)Wagaraw-Hawthorne ,NJ(and vicinity)
(6)Campgaw-Franklin Lakes NJ(and vicinity)