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From: Joel Streich <>
Subject: Re: Het geslacht Van Hardenbroeck
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 08:12:25 -0500
> Wie waren deze dames? Behoorden zij tot het geslacht Van Hardenbroeck?
> Hoe komt het dat zij beiden geboren zijn ca 1736/1737 en beiden
> overleden in 1783 te Kleve? En dat zij beiden met een Motzfeld huwden?
My mother's name is Hardenbrook. I've traced her family back
to Adolphus Hardenbroeck who was born about 1609 and came to New
Amsterdam in 1660. It seems that most of not all the 400
Hardenbrook Families listed in the US phone book today are
decendents of Adolphus and his brothers Abel and Johannis.
The Hardenbroeck came from Elberfeld which actually was quite a
surprise, because the family was in everyway Dutch. In fact,
just a year or two after arriving in New Amsterdam, Adolphus was
chosen as a town leader in what's now become Bergen, NJ.
Elberfeld had a significant Dutch community and Elberfeld began to
grow alot in the 18th Century in the cloth dying industry. In
fact Elberfeld and Barmen were given exclusive rights for
dying cloth for the Duchies of Juelich, Kleve, and Berg in 1527.
This may explain the Hardenbroeck/Kleve connection you asked about.
You also asked whether the women belonged to the van Hardenbroek
Geslacht. In our family we have always assumed that theywere not
adel, but in some way associated, perhaps originially as tenant farmers
You asked who these women were. Perhaps they were part of the
Hardenbroeck family in Elberfeld. If you check the German phone
book you will find only 12 listings for Hardenbruch. They are all
found near Elberfeld which today is part of Wuppertal.
I am very interested in any other information you or other readers
may have on the Hardenbroek Family. I hope to study this family
extensively over the next year.
Regards from New York City,