Origins of Cornelius Van der Veer


  The orgins of Cornelius Van der Veer is in dispute at present, one version based on the book "The Van Der Veer Family in the Netherlands" Louis P. DeBoer - Published 1913 and work by John J. Van Der Veer in 1912, which indicates that Cornelius came from Allkmaar, Holland, The Netherlands. The other is based on an article by Lester Mapes in 1937.

   While DeBoer's book is a good match for the movements of the Dutch people during the colonial period, the connection to the Van Borsselen family is probably optimistic. In DeBoers's book, Cornelius's father, Chistoffelszen Van Der Veer married Maria Nickleson and had three children named Cornelius, Hendrick, and Margaretha. Jan with his family, who lived in Alkmaar,Holland, and his sister Anna moved to a Dutch colony in Recif, Brazil which was formed in 1632 and apparently was followed by another sister named Maria. This was on or before 1641 since Jan was a witness on a baptistmal record on 16 Apr 1642 of that year and his sister Anna was a witness on 11 Aug 1641, both of which were recorded in Recif. Cornelius has been believed to have been born in Alkmaar, Holland in 1643, but this record seems to dispute this. Baptismal records show that Margaret, Jan and Maria's daughter was christened 5 Feb 1644 in Recif, Brazil and witnessed by Aunt Maria. In 1654, the family retuned to Alkmaar, Holland, where Jan and Maria received a portion of the proceeds of the sale of the Castle Scaghen or Schagen and its land. Cornelius moved to America in 1659 and became the ancestor of the Long Island Van Der Veers. Hendrick became a printer in The Hague.

  There is a second opinion as to the origins of Cornelius that he may have been called Cornelius Jansz Dominicus based on an article written in 1937 by Lester Mapes. However, after reading the document, I found several conflicting points.

Excerpt from The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
Early Generations of the Vandeveer family by Lester Mapes

Beginning of excerpt

  According to a public record at Dordrecht, Holland made before public notary Cornelis van Aansurg under date of June 20, 1706, we find Dominicus Vanderveer had gone to Holland fortified with two legal documents conferring upon him power to act for the heirs of his father and Cornelia van Wesel, widow of Dominie Wilhelmus Luijpardus.

  In the first document Dominicus is called "Dominicus Dominicussen van der Veer"and he is to collect 3,200 gulden from "Jacob Jansz. Dominicus," his father's brother, which has been owing to his father "Cornelius Jansz.Dominicus" since March 24, 1671 for sale of land. The document was excuted by:

  Treijnte Jillis, widow of Cornelius Jansz. Dominicus, commonly called Cornelis de Leeuw.
  Jan Dominicus (Son)
  Daniel Polhemus, and his wife Neeltie Dominicus
  Jan Dorlant, and his wife Maria Dominicus
  Issac Remsen, and his wife Hendericje Dominicus
  Jan Couwenhoven, and his wife Jacoba Dominicus

We see, therefore, that all members fo this Flatbush, L.I, family are mentioned, and that with the exception of the widow, they bear the name Dominicus."

  ("De Leeuw" --The Lion-- may have been a misreading of "De Zeeuw" in the orignal document from New York.)

  In the second document Dominicus is called "schoonsoon" (son-in-law) "Mr Dominicus van der Veer" by Cornelia van Wesel; and we know she was mother of Maria Van Nortrwick, we have now conclusive proof that the latter was the first wife of Domincus Vanderveer as above stated

End of excerpt


My comments, such that they may be

  I have also heard of a christening record from Beveland, Zeeland, The Netherlands c. 1622 or 1623 for one Cornelius Dominicus. Assuming this to be Cornelius Van Der Veer, it would make him about 50 years of age at the time of marriage and at least 68 years of age when his latter children were born. Assuming this to be Cornelius's father, his name would have been Corneilus Corneiliussen Dominicus, not Cornelius Jansz Dominicus. By Dutch naming convention, Cornelius's father was named Jan Van Der Veer. I have a difficult time believing that this is the same individual.

  It appears that the connection to "Cornelius Jansz Dominicus" rests solely on this article; which has been proposed as the "public record" as proof postive that this is Cornelius the colonist's true lineage. There are also several conflicting discrepancies in other parts of this article.

  "Dominicus Domicussen Van Der Veer"'s father's name would be "Dominicus Jansz Van Der Veer" by Dutch naming convention, not "Cornelius Jansz Domincus".

  Dominicus derives from Dominic or Dominique which is French, of which was his mother's family country of origin. Domincus was called Dominic, Menikes, or Minikes on numerous occasions, all with the pronouncation emphasis on, 'nic" or "nikes," again which leads me to believe that the name Dominicus originates from his French mother's family roots.

  There is reference to "Treijnte Jillis, widow of Cornelius Jansz. Dominicus, commonly called Cornelis de Leeuw," corrected as "de Zeeuw" which is commonly spelled "de Seeuw" also, meaning "of Zeeland". However, in another part of this article, the author indicates that Cornlius de Seeuw cannot be Cornelius Van der Veer in that baptisms for the children of the two Cornelius, had different dates, different names, and different wives names. Cornelius de Seeuw according to the author, removed to Hackensack, NJ while Cornelius Van Der Veer remained in Long Island..

  The article indicates that Dominicus went to Dordrecht, Holland to accomplish this matter. Unless this Jacob Jansz Dominicus had moved to Holland from Zeeland, it would have made more sense to go to Middleburg in Zeeland to accomplish this matter. Assuming that he did go to Dordrecht, it would have been more prudent to go there because Alkmarr, which is in Holland, is where Cornelius Van Der Veer is also believed to have come from. Holland is a providence in The Netherlands as Zeeland is also providence in The Netherlands.

  The article indicates that Dominicus never used any name other than "Dominicus Van Der Veer" in any other place except this one document enpowering him to recover monies owed his father. Even in the second document, Cornelia Van Wesel refers to him as "Mr. Dominicus van der Veer". While without doubt the people listed in this article are Cornelius Van Der Veer's famly, this is the only reported document that ever listed any member of this family with the Domincus surname just as the author himself states that Dominicus Van Der Veer never used any other public name except "Dominicus Van Der Veer".