Van Wie Family Relationship

My 8th GGF was Hendrick Gerritsen Van Wie (1650-1691) and was the first Van Wie to come to the US from Holland. Immigration records seem to show him arriving in New York in 1664. There’s a Van Wie family site you can visit and a good summary from the NY Museum below. To get the full history of the family, you can go to this Van Wie site which has a lot of details and some old family pictures and gravesite.

For those you trying to figure out if he’s your relative also, here’s the relationship to me through the generations:

From the Van Wie family site…

The Van Wie patriarch, Hendrick Gerritse Van Wie, had come from Holland in 1664 aboard the ship De Eendracht. He landed in New Amsterdam just before the English took the colony over, renaming it New York. Over time, Hendrick Gerritse moved up the Hudson valley, working as a farmer. Eventually, he purchased land and in 1679 built a house on the river’s west bank less than ten miles south of Albany. The house still stands, incorporated into later construction, but has passed out of the family. Its riverside location remains known locally as “Van Wie’s Point,” in Glenmont, New York. 

Hendrick Gerritse Van Wie and his wife, Eytje Ariaansz, had eight children: five girls and three boys. Hendrick Gerritse died in 1691, and his widow remarried, to Andries Jacoby Gardinier. The identity of Hendrick and Eytje’s daughters as Van Wies was soon concealed by the lineages of their husbands, whose names included Conyn, Van Slyke, Borgaart, and Van Buren. Three sons–Jan, who married Catharina Huyck; Gerrit, who married Agnietje Casparse Conyn; plus Hendrick Hendrickse Van Wie who married Hilletje Becker–carried the name forward and gave it an American history.

by Susan Van Wie Kastan (2003)

From the New York State Museum site…

Van Wie by Stefan Bielinski
The story of the Van Wie family of early Albany begins with the arrival of New Netherland pioneer called Hendrick Gerritse during the mid-seventeenth century. His farm along the river south of Albany in Rensselaerswyck became the focal point for family activities that before 1800 included a number of residents of the city of Albany.In 1697, only the Rensselaerswyck household of sole surviving son “Gerrit Van Wey” was configured on the countywide census of households.By the end of the seventeenth century, this family (at least with Albany) had adopted the surname “Van Wie” perhaps in an effort to distinguish them from the regional (and more amorphous) “Gerritse” family. Thus, we strive to not confuse them in the assignment of qualitative information.In 1720, no Van Wies were listed among the freeholders in the city of Albany. At that time, Hendrick Wan Wye [Jr.] and the names of Gerrit and Jan Van Wie were included among the freeholders of Rensselaerswyck. In 1742, the three Van Wies were listed among the freeholders living in Rensselaerswyck.By the mid-eighteenth century, the family would be in its third and fourth generations in America and was well established in greater Albany County. Although most descendants named “Van Wie” would cluster around the “Van Wie’s Point” homestead, family members also were interwoven into the city’s social fabric.A published compilation of survey lists from Albany County covering the mid-1760s provided the names of almost two dozen different Van Wies – all of them connected to activities and/or holdings in the Manor. However, at virtually the same time (early in 1766), the consecutive signatures of brothers Pieter Van WieWillem Van Wie, and Casparus Van Wie were included among the 94 signers of a Constitution for the Albany Sons of Liberty. Virtually every name on that earliest counting of Albany dissidents identified a city resident.In 1767, a map fixed the location of the residents of Rensselaerswyck living around Albany. Three Van Wie households were clustered along the river south of the city.In 1790, two “Van Wee” named households were configured on the city census and ten more in surrounding Watervliet. a decade later, two Van Wie households remained in the city. The first city directory published in 1813, identified four Van Wie households living in Albany’s first ward. Two homes, including a roominghouse kept by Gerrit W. Van Wie, were located on Hudson Street. In 1820, six Van Wie addresses were listed in various settled locations in the city.In March 1869, a newspaper obituary marked the passing of 93-year-old Catherine Van Wie Quackenbush – last of the Van Wie’s Point family.Located off of Western Avenue in Westmere, the suburban street named Van Wie Terrace also commemorates the family today. 

Sources: This access page on the Albany Van Wie family is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Chief among the printed resources are: Van Wie section of HMGFM;Online: linked and illustrated family-based website; also useful and online2015; Revolutionary War pension application for John Van Wie of Bethlehem.Van Wie’s Point: With family settlement dating to the first half of the eighteenth century, Van Wie’s Point (use this spelling for online searches) is a well-known modern reference place. It’s history has been loosely chronicled and would benefit from a focused study. Among the likely online resources are: former historian Allison P. BennetMiner; Glenmont Wikipedia;  compilation;
From the New York State Museum site –

From the Schenectady History site

Hendrick Gerritse Van Wie was in Beverwyck, 1659-91; made his will in 1690, wherein he spoke of a wife and eldest son Gerrit. In 1681 Pieter Schuyler petitioned the governor for the relief of Hendrick Gerritse, “a volunteer in the late expedition to Canada, who was desperately wounded at Paray in Canada and was cared for at the house of the widow of Jacob Tys Van Der Heyden.” He died soon after.

(II) Hendrick, son of Hendrick Gerritse Van Wie, married Hilletje Becker, March 11, 1715. She was buried December 23, 1744. Children: Hendrick Hendrickse, see forward, Antje, Ariantje, Ariantje (2), Johannes, Eytje, Elizabeth, Maria, Catharyna.

(III) Hendrick Hendrickse, son of Hendrick and Hilletje (Becker) Van Wie, was, baptized January 20, 1717. He was a resident of Van Wie’s Point, on the Hudson, about eighty miles below Albany, and in 1774 removed to Palatine, Montgomery county, where he purchased land of Jellis Fonda. The deed for this land is a choice heirloom in the family, who jealously guard it. He did not remain in Palatine, but returned to Van Wie’s Point, where he died an old man. He married Johanna Gardinier. Children:

  1. Hilletje (1),
  2. Hilletje (2), baptized September 16, 1750;
  3. Andries, baptized February 23, 1752;
  4. Johannes, see forward;
  5. Annig, baptized December 11, 1760;
  6. Elizabeth, born December 19, 1763.

(IV) Johannes, son of Hendrick H. and Johanna (Gardinier) Van Wie, was baptized January 5, 1755. He settled on the lands purchased in the town of Palatine, Montgomery county, New York, by his father. He improved the property and continued his residence there until his death, January 29, 1821. He is buried in the family lot on the Palatine homestead. He married Agnes Winne, born in March, 1763, died in Palatine, December 11, 1839. Children:

  1. Henry, married ———— Cook; he was a hotel proprietor in Sharon, New York, where he died.
  2. Andrew, married Nancy Van Wie, his cousin, no issue.
  3. Daniel, married Nancy Dillenback; children: John, Andrew, Henry, George, Jerome and Phoebe.
  4. Arie, see forward.
  5. John, married Susanna Nare, and settled after marriage in Steuben county, where he died, leaving: Joseph, James, Henry, Alonzo, Gertrude and Nancy.
  6. Agnes, married George Shimmel; children: George, Daniel, John and others.
  7. Catherine, no record of her marriage.

(V) Arie, fourth son of John (Johannes) and Agnes (Winne) Van Wie, was born in Palatine, Montgomery county, New York, January 16, 1798, died in Root, February 6, 1877. He grew up on the farm in Palatine, where he remained until 1852, when he moved into the town of Root and purchased a farm in the northeastern part of the town, near Randall, where he was a prosperous farmer until his death. He married, in Palatine, Margaret Nare, born in Montgomery county, January 20, 1800, died in that town March 28, 1869. Children:

  1. John, married Lucinda Snell, and at the age of thirty-two settled in Steuben county; his widow married a second husband.
  2. Henry, married Nancy Williams and settled in Greensburg, Ohio, where he died, leaving a family.
  3. Benjamin, married Nancy Nellis, no issue.
  4. Catherine, married Josiah Strayer and left issue.
  5. Agnes, married Yates Dillenbeck; they reside in Root; children: George A. and Arie V. Dillenbeck, both married and the heads of families.
  6. Martha, married Reuben Klock; they left sons: Albert, Edwin, Arie and William.
  7. Luther, married Margaret Colyer; left living children: Peter, Minerva, Cora, Arthur and Roy.
  8. Mary, married Elias J. Ellithorpe, of Palatine Bridge, where they now reside; no issue.
  9. Fletcher, see forward.

(VI) Fletcher, youngest child of Arie and Margaret (Nare) Van Wie, was born March 17, 1841, in Palatine, Montgomery county, New York. He came with his parents to Root in 1852, and on his father’s death succeeded to the homestead farm in Root, where he has since lived. He is a prosperous, progressive farmer, highly respected by all. He is a member of the Reformed church, and in politics a Republican. He married, in Canajoharie, in 1862, Anna M. Edwards, born in Glen, December 14, 1845. She is a woman of superior endowments, interested in all good works, to which she cheerfully contributes her talents and substance. She is a daughter of William H. and Eleanor S. (Mount) Edwards, who were the parents of eleven children. Children of Fletcher and Anna M. (Edwards) Van Wie:

  1. Arie G., born December 6, 1863; a farmer of Root; married Adele Babbitt; children:
    1. Marian B., born November 20, 1890;
    2. Annie E., January 25, 1894.
  2. William H., born March 18, 1865; a civil engineer of Fultonville, New York; married Eva Fox; no issue.
  3. Margaret, born August 6, 1866; married, May 16, 1889, John R. Blood, vice-president of the Blood Knitting Mills Company, of Amsterdam; children:
    1. Fletcher Van Wie, born March 21, 1890;
    2. Jane F., born May 16, 1892;
    3. Margaret, born August 29, 1910.
  4. John E., born November 25, 1873; resides in New Jersey; marine superintendent for Burwin, White & Company, of New York City; married Leila M. Smith; children:
    1. Evaline S., born January 10, 1898;
    2. Margaret E., May 20, 1899;
    3. Dorothy M., May 1, 1901.
  5. Ellen M., born 1875, died in infancy.

You can read a recent story about the Van Wie family here (or in the attached PDF).

There are a few historical sites tied to the Van Wie family with the original house and dock.

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