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From: "Margery Freas" <>
Subject: RE: [D-Col] Jacob Bries
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 17:26:58 -0400
Mr. Crosswhite wrote:
>The Elizabeth Bries of Somerset County, NJ who you cite as daughter of
>Bries and Mary Teller, and who married Hendrick Fisher, is the ancestor of
>famous artist Georgia O'Keefe.
>Georgia was also descended from a number of persons mentioned frequently on
Pieter Claesen Wyckoff
Symon Jansen Van Arsdalen
Claes Corneliszen Van Schouw (twice)
Roelof Martense Schenck
Wolfert Gerritszen Van Couwenhoven
Cornelis Lambertszen Cool
>Dom. Johannes Theodorus Polhemius"
This bit made my day!! Makes me want to go set up my easel and board
once more since I descend from all of the above except Elizabeth and
>There is a dearth of actual data for Volckert Hendricksen Bries after he
>Neeltje Jans at the Flatbush (Long Island) Dutch Reformed Church on 31
>1680. After Neeltje died, he remarried to Elizabeth Paulus on 4 June, 1695
>which time he was still living at Brooklyn on Long Island. Volckert's
>Cornelis married Sarah or Saartje Paulus.
>You say that Jacob Bries was born ca. 1681. The only known child of
>Hendricksen Bries by his first wife, Neeltje Jans, was named Hendrick and
>also born about 1681. No other children of Volckert are known until after
>second marriage in 1695, a seemingly unlikely situation.
Are you saying that it is unlikely that Volckert and Neeltje had no
other children? It is not so unlikely if one observes that Neeltje was 15
years older than Volckert and had her first child in 1662 as well as 4
others in the intervening years. Neeltje was bap. at NARDC on 4 Sep 1640 [p
11] so she was at least 41 when son Hendrick was born between 1681 and 1683.
And incidentally, Hendrick Volkertse Bries married Hannah/Antje Field,
daughter of John Field of Piscataway [Davis, A Genealogical and Personal
History of Bucks Co., p. 709-10]. He removed to Bensalem Township, Bucks Co.
PA, by 1732, buying 200 acres of land there on 17 Nov 1737. His will, by the
by, named Philip Tilyer as co-executor with the widow Hannah, and guardian
of daughters Sarah and Hannah Bries [See Davis: Bucks Co. PA Deed Records
1684-1763, pp 185, 228-29].