1733 Letter showing the marriage of
Philip Volkers and Mettie Van Arsdale

91.010/VAN' AERSDAL/Augustus 1991/E.Th.R. Unger
Enclosure 3c.
To mister Harmanus van Homberg, candle - maker at Gouda:

   The addressee, Harmanus van Hombergen, was a cousin of the van Arsdale siblings. This letter gave him proxy to claim their inheritance.

Dear cousin Van Homberg,

  Reverend Hagoort handed us your letter of July 2, 1732.  We are enclosing a proxy to you drawn up with the assistance of our ministers and our judges in accordance with your instructions and we hope it is complying with the Orphan's Court's regulations.

  Our sister Jannetje Simons van Aarsdal who was married to a certain Bogaert died round about Christmas last year.  She had been paralysed and was confined to her bed for several years.  So was our sister Geertje, who died about two years ago.

  You were writing you are interested in knowing to what number our family-tree has expanded: we are over two hundred now.  Cornelis Simonsz van Aarsdal has got eleven children eight of whom are married and has over forty descendants; Jan Simonsz van Aarsdal has got eleven children and Geertje, Jannetje and Metje have got many children and grandchildren.  You will understand it is just impossible to enumerate them (!!), however, I can inform you they are all living on plantations of their own breeding cattle and growing corn, maize etc.  We thank our Lord for leading our father to this country.

  Please hand Levinus Clarkson, a merchant in Amsterdam, the money.  He will deliver it to our minister Barnardus Freeman, who gave us an IOU for it.

With kindest regards,

Cornelis Simonsen van Aersdal
Jan Sijmonsen van Aersdalen
Mettie Sijmonsen van Aersdalen


  We the undersigned Cornelis Simons van Aersdal, Jan Simons van Aersdal and Philip Volkers, husband of Metie Simons van Aersdal, being the surviving children of the late Simon Janse van Aersdal, living in the province of New York (formerly Nieuw Nederland), situated in North - America in the isle of Nassau in King's County empower Mr. Harmanus van Hombergen at Gouda in Holland to demand from the Gouda Orphan's Court the amount of money (plus interest) bequeathed to us by the late Geertruy van Aersdal, who died in Gouda June 1727.

Signed at Midwoud, King's County, March 22, 1733:

V. Antonides (minister, witness)Crelis Sijmoen van A....
B. Freeman (minister, witness) Jan Sijmonsen van Aersdale
P(h)ilip Volkers, husband of Mettie Sijmonsen van Aersdale 

91.010/VAN AERSDAL/Augustus 1991/E.Th.R. Unger

  We undersigned, ministers of the Dutch reformed church at Midwoud, King's County in the isle of Nassau testify that we witnessed the signing of the proxy to Mr. Harmanus van Hombergen by Cornelis Simonsz van Aersdal, Jan Simons van Aersdal and Philip Volkers, husband of Metie Simons van Aersdal.

   Moreover we testify they are the surviving children of the late Simon Jansse van Aersdal who we were acquainted with.  Two children of his, Geertje and Jannetje died in the mean time.

Signed: V. Antonides, minister
Barnardus Freeman, minister

  Samuel Gerritsen and Coert Voorhees, judges of peace of King's County testify that Cornelis, Jan en Metie van Aersdal signed and sealed the proxy to Mr. Harmanus van Hombergen with their own hands and that they are the genuine children of Simon Jansen van Aersdal.

Signed: S. Gerritsen, judge of peace
Coert Voorhees, judge of peace

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