In the French and Indian War, April’s 6th-great-grandfather Wendell Brown and his sons helped feed George Washington and his troops at Fort Necessity with corn and beef until they surrendered in 1754 and fled until General Forbes reclaimed the fort.
The land where the Old Swedes Church now sits in Wilmington, Delaware was donated by April’s 8th-great-grandfather, (John Stalcop) around 1697. He and his wife received one pew after the church was consecrated.
The planks and logs for the pulpit were donated by parishioners and it is currently the oldest known pulpit in the USA. The altar candles were given by the King of Sweden in 1988.
Previously a Lutheran church, it is now home to an Episcopalian congregation.
Dirck Noorman Holgerson Volkertsen (Birth 1595 in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
Death 24 Apr 1677 in Long Island, Kings, New York, United States)
April and Devon’s 10th Great Grandfather
For more information on Dirck, visit http://fulkerson.org/1-dirck.html
Dirck arrived in New Amsterdam (now New York) between 1625 and 1628. He was said to be a ship’s carpenter. He married Christina Vigne who was among the first 30 French Walloon families that was sent to establish the New Netherlands colony. They first lived with Christina’s mother for a time. In May 1638 there was a loan made to possibly buy his own house.
NYHM: May 1, 1638: “Promisory note of Dirck Holgersen to Director Kieft.
“Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Dirck Holgersen, Noorman, to me well known, who freely and deliberately acknowledged that he was indebted to the Hon. Mr. Willem Kieft, director here in New Netherland for the General Chartered West India Company, in the sum of seven hundred and twenty guilders, payable in three installments; the first instalment of fl. 300 Dirck Holgersen shall be bound to pay on the fairday of Amsterdam 1638; the second instalment of fl. 300 in like manner on the fairday of Amsterdam 1639; and the third and last instalment of fl. 120 on the fairday of Amsterdam anno 1640. He hereby promises to pay the aforesaid money honestly and honorably into the hands of the Hon Mr. Kieft, or his successor, free of costs and charges, without any gainsay, submitting to that end his person and property, real and personal, present and future, without any exception, to the control of all courts, judges and justices under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Court of Halland, and to all other courts, judges and justices, without any exception. In testimony and token of the honest truth, I have subscribed this with my own hand. Thus done in For Amsterdam in New Netherland, this first of May Ao. 1638. “This is the X mark of Dirck Holgertsen Noorman.” [Footnote: "fairday of Amsterdam" – Sept. 22.]
From 1638 to 1645 Dirck owned a house with a quarter-acre of land with a garden and apple trees at 125 Pearl Street (block south of Wall Street) and leased farm property from the Dutch west India Company. When he sold the house in 1645 he took six apple trees with him.
He built a stone farm house on Long Island about 1645 with the help of at least two carpenters.
NYHM: Dec. 6, 1646, declaration of Jan Willemsen Bos and Abraham Martensen that they built a house for Dirck Holgersen on Long Island: “Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Jan Willemsz Bos, aged 25 years, and Abraham Martensen, aged about 25 years, carpenters, who at the request of Dirck Holgersen declare before the fiscal that they, the deponents, built for Dirck Holgersen a house on Long Island, to which house they made four projecting eaves.* This the deponents offer to confirm. Done the 6th of December 1646, in New Amsterdam. Jan Wylmsen Bos This is the X mark of Abraham Martensen, made by himself Acknowledged before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, Secretary”
Per the website, you can find more information below:
Dirck and Christina’s children are listed in The First American-born Generation of Fulkersons.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Historical manuscripts and other references:
“New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch; Vol. IV, Council Minutes 1638-1649,” translated by Arnold J.F. Van Laer, edited by Kenneth Scott and Kenn Stryker-Rodda, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, Md., 1974.
“New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch; Register of the Provincial Secretary, Volume I, 1638-1642,” translated and annotated by Arnold J.F. Van Laer, edited by Kenneth Scott and Kenn Stryker-Rodda, 1974.
“New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch; Volume II, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1642-1647,” translated and annotated by Arnold J.F. Van Laer, edited by Kenneth Scott and Kenn Stryker-Rodda, 1974.
“New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch; Volume III, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1648-1660,” translated and annotated by Arnold J.F. Van Laer, edited by Kenneth Scott and Kenn Stryker-Rodda, 1974.
“Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Vol. II, Baptisms from 1639 to 1730 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York,” by Thomas G. Evans, 1901, reprinted by The Gregg Press in 1968.
“New York Historical Manuscripts, Dutch, Volume V, Council Minutes, 1652-1654,” translated and edited by Charles T. Gehring, The Holland Society of New York, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, 1983, page 16.
“Council Minutes, 1655-1656,” translated and edited by Charles T. Gehring, The Holland Society of New York, Syracuse University Press, 1995, page 3.
“The Records of New Amsterdam from 1653 to 1674 anno Domini,” edited by Berthold Fernow, published under authority of the City of New York.
“Colonial Charters, Patents and Grants of the Communities Comprising the City of New York,” by Jerrold Seymann, the Board of Statutory Consolidation of the City of New York, 1939.
“Early Settlers of Bushwick, Long Island, New York,” Vol. 1, by Andrew J. Provost Jr., 1949, pages 85-94.
“Scandinavian Immigrants in New York, 1630-1674,” by John O. Evjen, 1916, pages 68-79.
“New Amsterdam and Its People,” by J.H. Innes, New York, 1902.
“Historic Green Point,” by William L. Felter, 1919, pages 17-19.
“A History of the City of Brooklyn and Kings County,” by Stephen M. Ostrander, 1894, page 100.
Jacob H Smith (b. 1822 in Ohio d. 2 Feb 1903)
April’s 3rd Great Grandfather
He fought in the Civil War. Enlisted as a Private on 28 November 1861 at the age of 39. He enlisted in Company F, Ohio 66th Infantry Regiment on 26 Dec 1861. He mustered out on 27 Mar 1863 at Alexandria, VA. He fought at Antietam and was injured. He received a disability discharge from Company F, 66th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 27 Mar 1863 at Alexandria, VA.