Genealogy of Juriaen Thomasse (by Peter Geoghegan van Riper)

From this page you can view or download a MS Excel file, which contains all the information given in the confusing tract of the book ‘Important Early Settlers of New York and New Jersey’ which I believe is the same as the William Nelson book.


It is organized in this way:

the first worksheet “Individuals” lists all the individuals from the book. The first two columns indicate the individual: each one is given a code for themselves which is their generation and an ID number I have assigned them.
So, the numbers “4” and “17” means the 17th person in the 4th generation. The next column indicates each person’s parent, so they can all be linked in the tree in the next worksheet, called “Generations”. You will see these two sets of numbers again–the individual’s numbers, and then their parent. The tree begins, as you can see, with Juriaen as first generation, and all succeeding generations following. You will also see that I started coloring the men in blue and women in pink, although I didn’t finish, largely because some of the names were a bit difficult to tell the sex, since I’m not used to them.

Now the next worksheet “Garrets” is something I was using to research our own branch of the family. We haven’t yet made the final link from my immediate family to the tree I have constructed here. Our latest find was that my g-g-g-great grandfather was Garret Van Riper, who had moved from northern New Jersey to Upstate New York, where he and his wife gave birth to their son William, my g-g-great grandfather. I don’t have the info here, but Garret was born sometime in the late 1700s, which would make him 4th, 5th or 6th generation most likely. I was highlighting those individuals who would most likely be the link, so I would know where to begin the next stage of our research. However, it is also possible that there are individuals missing from these first 6 generations who remained in New Jersey, which may require more filling in before I can make the link directly back to Juriaen. I’m sure there are Van Ripers out there who could help complete the puzzle!

And one last thing, while I put in all birthplace and residence information for each individual, I didn’t get around to putting in all their birth and death dates listed in the book.

So a few questions:

  1. Would we, or anyone with some variation of ‘Riper’ in the low countries be related? It is very confusing with all the variations of the name.
  2. Does anyone know for certain from where the “Bonte Koe” left? My brother tried to find out when he was in Holland years ago, but apparently there were so many ships named “Bonte Koe” he couldn’t sort through them in time to find out.
  3. Are we absolutely sure that Juriaen came from Ribe? With all the changes of spellings of the different town names and surnames, is it possible that Juriaen actually came from de Rijp, but it just got misspelled along the way? And if he did come from Ribe, is it possible that he was nevertheless a Dutchman, that is, were there any Dutch there at the time?