WELCOME TO THE
BLAUVELT FAMILY GENEALOGY
The Association of Blauvelt Descendants (ABD) is a family association that was founded in 1926 to bring together the descendants of Gerrit Hendrickszen (Blauvelt). The Association is dedicated to promoting an interest in the history and genealogy of the early Dutch settlers in New Netherland, with particular emphasis on Gerrit Hendrickszen van Deventer, who married Marie Lamberts Moll on 7 May 1646 in the New Amsterdam (NYC) Dutch Church, and the descendants of Gerrit’s eight surviving children, Hendrick, Huybert, Johannes, Margrietje, Abraham, Isaac, Marritje, and Elizabeth. The ABD holds Annual Meetings, sponsors a variety of family activities, and publishes historical and genealogical information including its award winning newsletter, The Blauvelt News.
The ABD published the first edition of The Blauvelt Family Genealogy in 1957 and two volumes of a Revised Edition in 1987 and 1994. This web site is a key component in the planned publication of a new nine volume edition of The Blauvelt Family Genealogy.
The Association of Blauvelt Descendants has traditionally believed that Gerrit, son of Hendrick, arrived at "The Rocks" at Swede's Landing, DE in March 1638 aboard the Kalmar Nyckel and then traveled up the Hudson River to Rensselaerwyck. These facts regarding Gerrit Hendricksen van Nykerk are clearly documented in the letters of Killian van Rensselaer and the records of New Netherland. It was further believed that this same Gerrit Hendricksen married Marie Lamberts Moll in New Amsterdam. Recent research to be published in the new Blauvelt Family Genealogy challenges this belief.
In the same year as his marriage, 1646, Gerrit Hendricksen received a grant of farmland on Manhattan Island known as the Schout’s Bouwery located along the Bouwery Road near what became known as the Bouwery Village and just south of Pieter Stuyvesant’s farms. In some records Gerrit Hendricksen is referred to as the Blau Boer (Blue Farmer). On 22 October 1679, he married Josyntje Janse.
In due time, all the surviving children of Gerrit, with the exception of Elizabeth (child of the second marriage) settled on the Tappan Patent. The Patent straddled the border of present-day Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, NJ.
President: George A. Blauvelt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Genealogist: Marilyn N. Bisgrove (email@example.com)
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