Name:                     Joris (George) Jansen RAPALJE


Birth:                      28 Apr 1604             Rochelle, France

Death:                     21 Feb 1662             Brooklyn, Kings Co.,New York

Father:                     Jean RAPALJE (1552-1606)

Mother:                   Elizabeth BAUDOIN (1560-1606)


Jean RAPALJE (~1492 - )

    Jaques RAPALJE (~1526 - )

        Jean RAPALJE (~1552 - 23 Feb 1606) & Elizabeth BAUDOIN (~1560 - Feb 1606)

            Joris (George) Jansen RAPALJE (28 Apr 1604 - 21 Feb 1662) & Catalina TRICO (1605 - 11 Sep 1689)

                Sarah Jorisen RAPALJE* (9 Jun 1625 - 1685) & Hans Hansen BERGEN ( - bef 30 May 1654)

                    Breckje Hansen BERGEN (7 Jul 1642 - ) & Aert Teunrssen MIDDAGH (1634/1640 – 1687/1714)

                        Dirck Aertson MIDDAGH (23 Aug 1671 - 14 Sep 1710) & Catalyntje Van NESTE (abt 1672-1757)

                Judick Jorisen RAPALJE (5 Jul 1635 - 21 May 1726) & Peter Pietersen VAN NESTE (abt 1630 - 1691)

                    Catalyntje Van NESTE** (abt 1672 - 11 Dec 1757) & Dirck Aertson MIDDAGH (23 Aug 1671 - 1710)

                        Jacobje MIDDAGH (24 Oct 1693 - 16 May 1782) & Adrian (Aderyon?) ATEN (1695 - 1757)

                            John (Jan?) ATEN (22 Dec 1732 - 1790) & Elizabeth BADYN (1733 - )

                                Cornelius ATEN (18 Jan 1766 - 21 Mar 1857) & Sarah (Sally) BELL (13 Feb 1770 - Jun 1856)

                                    Aaron Kimble ATEN (18 Feb 1812 - 9 Sep 1901) & Dorcas GLASS (1814 - 1892)

                                        Ellen Arminda ATEN (17 Dec 1849 - 6 Mar 1919) & Moody ROBINSON (1850 -  1938)

                                            Adelia Gertrude ROBINSON (1878 - 1973) & Newton COFFEY (1875 - 1969)

                                                Leo Newton COFFEY (1901 - 1998) & Elsie Maureen WALKER (1903 - 1983)


Misc. Notes

Note on Joris’ Children’s Names: Some sources show ALL the children having the “middle name” of Joris or Jorisen. This simply means that they are the son or daughter of “Joris”.



Arms of Joris Jansen Rapalje.


ARMS- Azure, three bars or.

CREST- Issuing from a ducal coronet or, on a high hat of dignity azure, three bars of the first. The hat surmounted with six ostrich feathers or and azure.

MOTTO- Willing obedience and serenity of mind.

(Crozier: "General Armory.")


"Joris Janssen Rapalje came to New Netherlands in 1623 on the ship "Unity," which was the first vessel to bring agricultural colonists to the Hudson Valley.


For three years, from 1623 to 1626, he resided at Fort Orange, now Albany, but at the end of that time he removed to New Amsterdam, which was becoming a center for persecuted Huguenots and Walloons. He located on what is now Pearl Street and was residing there when his deed to the property was confirmed March 13, 1647. He had already purchased from the Indians, on June 16, 1637, a farm containing one hundred and sixty morgens or three hundred and thirty-five acres. The Indians called it Rennagaconck, while the Dutch called it Wale bocht. It was located where the present United States Marine Hospital in Brooklyn stands and also included the land between Nostrand and Grand avenues. He may have resided there for a time and been obliged to return to the city on account of Indian troubles. In 1641 Joris Rapalje was elected member of a board of twelve men to consult with Governor Kieft on account of the dangerous situation the confronting the Colony on account of unrest among the Indians. This was the beginning of representative government in the Dutch portions of America, and the board availed itself of the opportunity to strengthen such institutions by an attempt to limit the arbitrary power of the Governor, for which they wished to substitute a more democratic system. According to their plan four of their number should become members of the Permanent Council. The representative body was, however, abolished the following year. June 22, 1654, Joris Rapalje sold his property on Pearl Street to Hendrick Hendrickson and removed to his farm at Wale bocht, where he lived the rest of his life. In 1655, 1656, 1657, 1660, and 1662 he was a magistrate in Brooklyn. He apparently died about the time of the close of the Dutch administration, as his name disappears from the records of the time.


Joris Janssen Rapalje married Catalyntje Trico, who was born in 1605 {in Paris} and died September 11, 1689. She was a daughter of Joris Trico, of Paris, France, and his wife Michele Sauvagie. After the death of her husband, Catalyntje continued to reside at Wale bocht. She was seventy-four years of age at the time Jasper Dankers and Peter Sluyter, the Labodists, visited her there and described her in their journals as follows:


M. de la Grange came with wife to invite me to accompany them in their boat to the Wale bocht, a place situated on Long Island almost an hour's distance below the city, directly opposite Correlaerr hoeck from whence, I had several times observed the place which appeared to me quite pleasant-- she is worldly minded, living with her whole heart, as well as body, among her progeny which now number 145 and will soon reach 150. Nevertheless, she lived alone by herself a little apart from the others, having her little garden and other conveniences with which she helped herself.




1. Sara, born at Fort Orange, June 9, 1625, the first white child to be born in New Netherlands, died about 1685; married (first) Hanse Hansen Bergen; (second) Teunis Cysberts Bogart.

2. Marritje, born March 11 {16}, 1627. {married Michael Paulus Vandervoort}

3. Jannetje, born August 16, 1629; married, December 21, 1642, Remmet Janzen Van Jeversen.

4. Judith, born July 15 {5}, 1635; married Peter Pietersen Van Nest.

5. Jan, born August 28, 1637, died January 25, 1663; married April 16 or 26, 1660, Maria Fredericks of the Hague; was a deacon of the Dutch Reformed Church of Brooklyn.

6. Jacob, born May 28, 1639, killed by the Indians.

7. Catalyntje, born March 28, 1641; married August 16, 1664, Jeremias Jansen Van Westerhaut.

8. Jeremias, born June 27, 1643; married Anna, daughter of Teunis Nyssen or Denyse; occupied the ancestral home at the Wallabout; schepen of Brooklyn in 1673 and 1674; justice of the peace in 1689 and 1690.

9. Annitie, born February 8, 1646, married (first), May 14, 1663, Martin Ryerse, from Amsterdam; (second), January 30, 1692 Fransz Joort. {Joost France}

10. Elizabeth, born March 26, 1648; married Dierck Cornelisen Hooglandt.

11. Daniel, born December 29, 1650, baptized at the Dutch Reformed Church, January 1, 1651, died in Brooklyn, December 26, 1725; married (first) Sarah Clock; (second) Tryntie Alberts.


Wilfred Jordan, Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1942, pp. 199, 200; Coat of Arms facing p. 198.


Henry A. Stoutenburgh, A Documentary History of the Dutch Congregation of Oyster Bay, Queens Co., Island of Nassau. (Now Long Island), 1902, pp. 444-6. {source of additional data in brackets. Also has Catelyn Trico's deposition of her arrival in 1623 on the ship, "Unity," settlements, relocations, and dealings with the Indians described as, "all quiet as lambs." }


Following from “The Bergen Family” by Teunis G. Bergen, Albany, N.Y., 1876, from page 24:


Joris (George) Jansen Rapalie, the father of Sarah, and the common ancestor of the Rapalies of this country, is said by some writers to be a proscribed Huguenot, from Rochelle in France, an emigrant in 1623 in the ship Unity with Catalyntie Trico, whom he probably married before the voyage (although the ceremony may have been performed after his arrival, having no date of the same), appears to have resided for three years, until in 1626, in Albany, then removed to New Amsterdam, where he remained for more than 22 years (occupying and owning a house and lot on the north side of the present Pearl street, and butting against the south side of the fort, for which he received a patent on the 18th of March, 1647), and until after the birth of his youngest child in 1650. During at least a portion of this time he kept a tavern or tap-house, as then styled, his name appearing as late as March 16, 1648, on the records in the book of the burgomasters court of said city, among the inn keepers and tapsters, inhabitants who promised to observe the proclamation of Gov. Stuyvesant of March 10th, 1648, in relation to the regulation of such houses. He probably removed to his Long Island farm as early as 1655, which he probably partially cultivated previously, for April 13th of that year he was appointed one of the magistrates of Brooklyn. Rapalie figured frequently in numerous suits on the records of the burgomaster's and schepen's court of New Amsterdam, up to 1656, on the 28th of April, of which year a return was made in a suit of Cornelia Schellinger1 against "Joresy Rapalje," of Rapalje's having departed beyond the jurisdiction of the court, and the same return was made on the 25th of the following November, in a suit of Jacob Schellinger against "Catalyn Joresy," Rapalje's wife.


On the 16th of June, 1637, Rapalie bought a tract of land of the Indians, "Kakapeyno, and Pewichaas," called "Rinnegakonck," situate "on Long Island, south of the Island of the Manhattans, extending from a certain Kil till into the woods south and eastward to a certain Kripplebush (swamp), to a place where the water runs over the stones." On the 17th of June, 1643, his Indian purchase was patented to him by the governor, and is described as "a piece of land called Rinnegakonck, formerly purchased by him of the Indians, as will appear by reference to the transport, lying on Long Island, in the bend of Mereckkawick (Mereckkawick  is the Indian name of Brooklyn), east of the land of Jan Monfoort, extending along the said land in a southerly direction, towards and into the woods 242 rods, by the kill and marsh easterly up 390 rods, at the "sweet marsh 202 rods on a southerly direction into the woods, and behind into the woods 384 rods in a westerly direction, and certain outpoints next to the marsh, amounting in all to the contents of 167 morgens and 406 rods" (about 335 acres).


On this land, which is situated in the city of Brooklyn, in the vicinity of and including the United States Hospital, and on the easterly side of the Waaleboght, Rapalie finally located, and died soon after the close of the Dutch administration, having had eleven children.


In August, 1641, Rapalie was one of the twelve men representing Manhattan, Breukelen and Pavonia, elected to suggest means to punish the Indians for a murder they had committed. In 1655, '56, '57, and 1660, he was one of the magistrates of Brooklyn.  


March 1, 1660, "Aert Anthonis Middagh, Tonis Gysbert Bogaert, Jorsey Rapalie, Jean LeCler,1 Jacob Kip,"2 and others, petitioned for permission to plant a village on the river opposite the Manhattans, in sight of Fort Amsterdam, between the lands of said Bogaert and Kip, but failed to obtain the same. Bogaert at this time possessed the lands patented to Hans Hansen Bergen, and the location of the proposed village was on the line between the towns of Brooklyn and Bushwick.


On the 26th of April, 1660, Rapalie petitioned to be allowed to leave his house standing on his farm for the present, which application appears to have been denied. At this period, in consequence of the Indian troubles, an order had been issued for those residing outside of the villages to abandon their dwellings, and remove to the villages, which were fortified, for safety.


Rapalie's patent, after his death, was probably divided by will or otherwise between his surviving sons, Jeronimus and Daniel.


(NOTE: I have deleted some of the more tedious land ownership discussion found in the book. LFC)


The prefix of "De" or "de" has been used by some old and some modern writers to Rapalie's name, so as to make "DeRapalie," the "De" indicating noble birth. (Deleted: Discussion of who used the prefix.)

Joris Jansen Rapalie shows no sign of the "De," in his signature to documents, which consisted simply of a mark resembling the letter "R." The "De" to his name does not generally appear in the old colonial or New Amsterdam records, in which he is frequently referred to. The author has seen no evidence of the use of the "De" by any of his children, or grand-children, the following being the exact spelling of their signatures on the earliest documents which have come under his observation, viz: "Joris Rapalie," in 1697; "Jeronimus Rapale," in 1697; 


If he had been of noble birth, or of a station above the ordinary settlers, his contemporaries would, in the public records, have prefixed to his name the appellation of "Heer," (Mister), as was done in the case of Van Rensellaer, De Sille, De Bruynne, Poulus Van der Bek, and others.


Joris Jansen Rapalie was probably a sailor, for on the colonial records of June 12th, 1647, in the office of the secretary of state at Albany, it is set forth, that "Jan Dircksen from Amsterdam, master carpenter, who sailed in the company's service in the ship Swol, lying sick a bed at the house of George Rapalje, chief boatswain ('hooch bootsman'), in New Amsterdam, makes his will."


Rapalie could not have been a Walloon by birth, if, as asserted and claimed, he was a native of Rochelle, in France, a seaport on the Bay of Biscay, several hundred miles from the frontiers of Belgium. All Huguenots in those days may, however, have been known by the general title of Walloons, and the settlement of immigrants of this class at a later period in that vicinity, may account for the name, it being customary in Holland in those days to distinguish churches in their midst erected by French Huguenots, by the name of "Waale Kerken," or Walloon churches, appears to favor this theory.



 The Following are excerpts from Hugh T. Law's article, "Chapter 7, Ancestors Traced to France: Joris Jansen De Rapalje and Catharine Trico," How To Trace Your Ancestors to Europe, 1987, pp.84~86:


This Protestant country welcomed religious refugees from France, Belgium and other countries. French-speaking refugees founded churches in the Netherlands and held services in French. In the last century specialists made index cards of the baptism, marriage and burial records of these churches. They also combed their Dutch records and some French and German ones and made similar cards from entries pertaining to refugees and their descendants. They then alphabetized these cards, and the "Walloon Index" was born.


In 1948, the Genealogical Society of Utah microfilmed it on 199 rolls of microfilm. This opened the way for Americans to do serious genealogical research on these foreign families in the Netherlands.(3)


The first two entries for the Rapalje family in this index are dated in 1624, and the second of these, dated 13 January 1624 at Amsterdam, contains the marriage of two future emigrants to New York. It says, "Joris Raparlie born in Valenchiene (Valenciennes in French) (age) 19 (years), boratwercker (living at) Waelport (section of Amsterdam) and Catharina Triko (here spelled Friko, but in the original Dutch it is Trico)(living at) Nes (in Amsterdam) born at Pris in Waesland (French speaking area) (age) 18, accompanied by Marry Flamengh, her sister." The original entry says that Catherine Trico was born at Paris, but this is deleted and "Pris" is recorded.


In 1964 I wrote to the Archivist of the Departmental Archives of the Department of Nord, where Valenciennes is located. He sent me the name and address of a researcher, Monsieur F. Bleriot. This man mailed me a report on 24 September 1964. It contains extracts of the baptism record of Georges (French for the Dutch name, Joris) Rapareilliet, son Jean Rapareilliet, and of those of his older brothers and sisters. They were found in the records of St. Nicolas parish in Valenciennes. Indexes of other parishes there contain no baptism of a Georges Rapareilliet. The dates given below are baptism dates unless identified as burial dates:


Jehenne (old form of Jeanne) daughter of Jean (John) Rapareilliet 1 August 1578.

Marie, daughter of Jean Rapareilliet 29 July 1580.

These two girls, born 14 or 16 years before the next children may be the daughters of another Jean or more likely of the same Jean's earlier marriage.


Olivier, son of Jean Rapareilliet 28 Feb. 1594.

Anne, daughter of Jean Rapareilliet 17 Sep. 1595.

Francois, son of Jean Rapareilliet 5 Nov. 1596.

Nicolas, son of Jean Rapareilliet 10 July 1598.

A Rapareilliet child was buried 16 Nov. 1600.

Georges, illegitimate son of Jean Rapareilliet 28 Apr. 1604.

"The wife Rapareilliet, miller" was buried 23 Feb. 1606.


A microfilmed copy of these records, now available, shows by the handwriting that the same priest recorded the baptism of Nicolas in 1598 and of Georges in 1604; he called only the latter illegitimate, as he did two per cent of the babies he baptized.(5)


It appears that Georges Rapareilliet carried the same stigma as did William the Conqueror and many other noted people. This, and the fact that he was the youngest child, less likely to inherit property than his older brothers, could help to explain why he moved to Amsterdam and later to the New World. We find no record of his brothers and sisters in the Walloon Index. He may have accepted Protestantism in Amsterdam, or have received Protestant teachings at home in Valenciennes.


I accept this George Rapareilliet as the future husband of Catherine Trico and as a progenitor of a million Americans and Canadians because:


1. The French name Georges is Joris in Dutch.

2. Born in April 1604 he was still nineteen on 13 January 1624, as his marriage record says.

3. He was born where his marriage record claims: at Valenciennes.

4. Protestantisme was outlawed in this area, then under Spanish rule, Jean Rapareilliet and his wife, if they had Protestant views, were required to have their children baptized in the Catholic Church.

5. In America, Joris took the name Jansen, which means "son of Jan or Jean."

6. The surname Rapareilliet is pronounced Raparlie (the spelling used in the 1624 marriage record with the dropping of one l.)

Neither parish nor notarial records (wills, marriage contracts, sales of property, etc.) of Valenciennes are available early enough to extend this Rapareilliet line further.


"Pris in Waesland" appears to be Prische, also in the Department of Nord, France. There the preserved parish records begin nearly a century after Catherine Trico's birth, but they contain many Trico names.(6)


In 1972 George Olin Zabriskie, Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, published an article entitled, "The Rapalje-Rapelje Family." He used the Raparlie-Trico marriage and with my permission the Rapareilliet baptism and burial records from Valenciennes. I publish them here because many people interested in this family probably have not seen his article in the magazine, de Halve Maen. He spelled the surname Rapareilliet, as in my researcher's report. But I now see in the microfilmed records that it is spelled "Rapareilliet," more like the "Raparlie" spelling used in the Amsterdam record.


Also in 1972, Dr. George E. McCracken, Editor of the American Genealogist, and Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, published an article entitled, "Joris Janzsen Rapelje of Valenciennes and Catelyntje Jeronimus Trico of Pry."


He arranged it from data received from one of my colleagues at the Genealogical Library. This article contains the marriage record of the above couple and Joris's (Georges') baptism record, but it doesn't name his brothers and sisters and differs on Catelyntje's place of birth. I am indebted to Dr. McCracken for his interpretation of Joris' occupation. He suggests that a "boatwecker" was a "weaver of a certain kind of cloth which in French is called "'bure.'"(8) I agree with him, for a French dictionary calls "bure" a "loosely woven brown colored material of wool" and a Dutch one identifies "borat" as a weaver of wool cloth.(9)


The indexes to the Bulletin historique et litteraire de la Societe de l'Histoire du Protestantisme Francais from 1852 to 1940 contain no reference to the surnames Rapalje or Rapareilliet.(10) Nor do the nine volumes of La France Protestante ou Vies des Protestants Francais qui se sont fait un nom dans l'Histoire. (Protestant France or Lives of France Protestants who made a name for themselves in History.)


That Joris Jansen Rapalje and Catherine Trico were the parents of the first child of European parentage born in New York is apparently true; but the tradition that they brought with them 1500 pounds in money from Holland appears doubtful when we consider the work of a nineteen year old weaver.

Mr. Law concludes, "only Georges Rapareilliet baptized in Valenciennes on 28 April 1604, could be the emigrant to the New World, for only his birthplace matches that given in his 1624 marriage record."


Marriage:                 1624                       Holland


Spouse:                   Catalina TRICO


Birth:                      1605                       Pry. Hainault, Belgium

Death:                     11 Sep 1689

Father:                     Joris (Jeronomis?) TRICO (1579-)

Mother:                   Michele SAUVAGIE


Misc. Notes

Alias/AKA: Catelyn / Catalynte / Catalina TRICO/TRICOT, Catalyntje / Catalyntie Jeronomus / Jeronimus (Friko) TRICO, FRISCO.



  There are various and sometimes contradictory versions of the Rapalje lineage in Europe, but no doubt about the progenitor of the name in America. Joris Janssen Rapalje and his wife Catalyntje Tricot (or his fiancee, depending on whose version one reads) came to New Amsterdam on the Niew Nederland in 1621 (or again, depending on the storyteller, the Eeddracht or "Unity").


    Opinion, on the whole, seems to favor the Unity, a sister ship to the Niew Nederland. There is no question that both ships arrived in New Amsterdam in the early 17th century, the Niew Nederland in 1621 and the Unity perhaps in 1623. Catalyntje herself stated that she came to New Amsterdam in the Unity, which seems sufficient to me, though one determined historian insists that was an 'error due to failing years' 1. In a deposition taken at her home on Long Island on October 17, 1688 2, she states:


"Catelyn Trico doth Testify and Declare that in ye year 1623, she came into this country with a Ship called ye Unity, whereof was commander Arien Jorise belonging to ye West India Company, being ye first ship yt came here for ye sd. Company. As soon as they came to Mannatans, now called N. Yorke, they sent Two families and six men to Hartford River, and Two Families and Eight men to Delaware River, and eight men they left at N. Yorke to take Possession, and ye Rest of ye Passengers went with ye Ship as farr as Albany which they then called fort Orange.—


"Ye sd Deponent lived in Albany three years, all which time ye Indians were all as quiet as Lambs and came and Traded with all ye Freedom Imaginable; in ye year 1626, ye Deponent came from Albany and settled at N. Yorke where she lived afterwards for many years and then came to Long Island."


    Joris and Catalyntje had eleven children over a span of twenty-five years. Their eldest, Sarah, has been called the first white child born in New Amsterdam or even sometimes the first white child born in the New World. There are other contenders for that title, but Sarah was certainly one of the first, and probably the first white child born in New York. She was born in Fort Orange (later Albany) in 1625 and is undeniably the most notorious of the early Rapalje's.


 In 1626, Joris and Catalyntje, with their daughter Sarah, moved to New Amsterdam, where they remained for the next 22 years. During at least part of that time, Joris was a tavern-keeper. His name appears in the records of the burgomasters court among those who promised to observe Governor Stuyvesant's proclamations regarding the regulation of taverns (these proclamations were in effect prior to the creation of the courts). In about 1655, Joris and Catalyntje, and presumably the younger children, moved to the farm on the 'Bay of the Walloons' or Waele-Boght. It was located where the present United States Marine Hospital now stands, and also included the area between Nostrand and Grand Avenues, about three hundred thirty acres altogether.



Following extracted from The Bergen Family by Teunis G. B ergen, Albany, N.Y., 1876, starting on page 30:


His [Joris Jansen Rapalie] widow, Catalyntie, died Sept. 11, 1689, aged 84, having been born in 1605, and married before the age of 20; Like others, Catalyntie's life did not pass without difficulties. In 1642, meeting "Poulus Van der Bek," at the house of Hans Kierstede,1 she asked him, "Why did you strike my daughter?" He answered, "You lie." She replied, "You lie like a villain and a dog," raising her hand at the time, on which Poulus struck her, and called her vile names. On this she sued him for slander, and on the trial, Jan. 12, 1645, Poulus admitted that he "knows nothing of the plaintiff but what was honest and virtuous." For the blow given he was fined 2 1/2 guilders, and charged not to repeat the offense on pain of severer punishment.


From the journal of Dankers and Sluyter, Labadists, who visited this country in 1679, it appears that on the 30th of May, they visited Catalyntie. They state, "M. de la Grange came with his wife to invite me to accompany them in their boat to the Wale Bocht, a place situated on Long Island, almost an hour's distance below the city, directly opposite Correlaer's Hoeck, etc. This is a bay, tolerably wide, where the water rises and falls much, and at low water, is very shallow and much of it dry, etc. The aunt of de la Grange (Catalyntie Trico), is an old Walloon from Valenciennes, seventy-four years old. She is worldly minded, living with her whole heart, as well as body, among her progeny, which now number 145, and will soon reach 150. Nevertheless, she lived alone by herself, a little apart from the others, having her little garden and other conveniences, with which she helped herself." With her husband, Dec. 25, 1662, she became a member of the Protestant Reformed Dutch Church of Brooklyn.


Catalyntie made her mark: [Sorry, image not available at this time--Webmaster]


From an article by George E. McCracken  in The American Genealogist, Vol. 48, page 118:


For long it was believed that Catelyntje was born in Paris, France, and, indeed, this old error was restated as recently as April 1971 in a letter to the editor of The Colonial Genealogist (Vol. 3, No. 4, New Series, p. 258) . . . The origin of the error is to be found in a deposition made by Catelyntje on 17 Oct. 1688 (printed in E. B. O'Callaghan, Documentary History of New York [1850] 3:32; also in Frank Allaben, Ancestry of Leander Howard Crall (New York 1908), p. 391; the deposition is from New York Colonial Manuscripts, vol. 35. This begins "Catelyn Trico aged about 83 years born in Paris."


In March 1961 when the distinguished genealogist, John Insley Coddington, was in Amsterdam, he was informed by Dr. Simon Hart of the Gemeinte Archief that Catelyntje was actually born in the tiny hamlet of Pry, 50/215/17' North latitude, 4/215/26' East longitude, on the Herve River directly south of Charleroi in Hainault. It is obvious that when Catelyntje said "Pry," the English-speaking clerk who took down the deposition misunderstood her to be pronouncing "Paris" as the French pronounce it, an easy error if she rolled the "r" very strongly. This important information was printed soon after in the News-Letter of the American Society of Genealogists, but as that periodical is not available outside the Society, the information did not become generally known.


Dorothy A. Koenig and Pim Nieuwenhuis identify the diarist cited by T.G. Bergen on page 31 of his Bergen Family as "Jasper Danckaerts, a Labadist missionary," and the date of his diary entry as "Thursday, the 30th of May in 1680." Dorothy Koenig then provides, with expanded abbreviations to make for easier reading, the text for Catalyn's deposition that Bergen referred  to in his footnote 1 on page 32 before Justice William Morris, at the "Wale Boght," Oct. 17, 1688:


“Catelyn Trico aged about 83 years born in Paris doth Testify and Declare that in the year 1623 she came into this Country with a ship called the Unity whereof was Commander Arien Jorise belonging to the West India company being the first ship that came here for the said Company; as soon as they came to Mannatans now called New York they sent Two families and six men to harford River and Two families and 8 men to Delaware River and 8 men they left at New York to take Possession and the Rest of the Passengers went with the ship up as farr as Albany which they then Called fort Orangie. When as the Ship came as farr as Sopus which is 1/2 way to Albanie; they lightened the Ship with some boats that were left there by the Dutch that had been there the year before a tradeing with the Indians upont there oune accompts and gone back again to Holland and so brought the vessel up; there were about 18 families aboard who settled themselves att Albany and made a small fort; and as soon as they had built themselves some hutts of Bark: the Mahikanders or River Indians, the Maquase: Oneydes: Onnondages Cayougas and Sinnekes, with the Mahawawa or Ottawawaes Indians came and made Covenants of friendship with the said Arien Jorise there Commander Bringing him great Presents of Bever or other Peltry and desyred that they might come and have a Constant free Trade with them which was concluded upon and the said nations came daily with great multitus of Bever and traded them with the Christians. There said Commander Arien Joris staid with them all winter and sent his sonne home with the ship; the said Deponent lived in Albany three years all which time the said Indians were all as quiet as lambs and came and Traded with all the Freedom imaginable. In the year 1626 the Deponent came from Albany and settled in New York where she lived afterwards for many years and then came to Long Island where she now lives.


The said Catelyn Trico made oath of the said Deposition before me at her house on Long Island in the Wale Bought this 17th day of October 1688.


WILLIAM MORRIS, Justice of the Peace




Joris (George) Jansen RAPALJE (28 Apr 1604 - 21 Feb 1662) & Catalina TRICO (1605 - 11 Sep 1689)

    Sarah Jorisen RAPALJE* (9 Jun 1625 - 1685) & Hans Hansen BERGEN ( - bef 30 May 1654)

    Marritje Joris RAPALJE (11 Mar 1627 - )

    Judick Jorisen RAPALJE (5 Jul 1635 - 21 May 1726) & Peter Pietersen VAN NESTE (abt 1630 - 1691)

    Jan RAPALJE (28 Aug 1637 - 24 Jan 1663)

    Jacob RAPALJE (28 May 1639 - )

    Catalyntje RAPALJE (28 Mar 1641 - )

    Jeremias (Jeronimus?) RAPALJE (27 Jun 1643 - )

    Annitie RAPALJE (8 Feb 1646 - )

    Elizabeth RAPALJE (26 Mar 1648 - )

    Daniel RAPALJE (29 Dec 1650 - )



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