Hendrick Corssen b 30 November 1653

Hendrick Corssen, the youngest son of Cors Pietersen and Tryntje Hendricks, was only a little over one year old when his father died in 1655.  When he was three years old his mother married Fredrick Lubbertsen.  Hendricks eldest brother, Cornelis, was ten years old and Pieter was four when the father died.  When the mother, Tryntje Hendricks, widow of Cors Pietersen, assisted by Fredrick Lubbertsen, her present fiancé and chosen guardian, appeared before the Orphanmasters of New Amsterdam, with the guardians appointed by the court, to arrange for the paternal inheritance of her three fatherless babies, the first born to the Corson family in America, she obligated herself as follows:  First said Tryntje Hendricks shall be held and promises honestly to bring up her said three children, named Cornelis Corssen, twelve years old, Pieter six years and Hendrick Corssen three years, as well as she can, to have them taught reading, writing, and a good trade or occupation, so that in time to come they may make their own living, further to instruct them in the fear of the Lord and in religious exercises and to do all a good mother is bound to do, until said children shall come of age or marry.

That this mother and her chosen guardian kept, sacredly, this beautiful pledge is proved conclusively by the lives of her sons.  In all of the many records history holds concerning these men and their families, the writer found not one that gave the least suspicion of an unlawful or dishonest act.  From these records, we know they were good business men; they were patriotic men; and they were devoutly religious and God-fearing citizens.  The Dutch word Vroom could mean brave, pious, gentle, or kind and was occasionally used as an additional designative to the patronymic names of Cornelis and Hendrick Corssen by their friends and neighbors.  The children of Hendrick Corssen dropped the patronymic Corssen and use the additional designative Vroom as their family name and are so known today.  (Corson book, p 53).

Hendrick Corssen and his family moved to the Raritan River district of New Jersey between 1683-1685.  Many  Vroom descendants stayed in New Jersey.  Some were Loyalists and moved to Nova Scotia during and after the Revolutionary War.

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1 Comment

  1. Alan Dinn said,

    February 9, 2012 at 04:17

    Enjoying your site. I am a descendant of Hendrick Vroom of the Raritan and Jannetje Bergen through the Loyalist Purdys of Nova Scotia.


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