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4th of July 2004

Van Schaijck in Westbroek

The records of the Reformed people of Achttienhoven in the province of Utrecht are to be found in the Westbroek church books. The marriages records do exist for the time frame 1611-1666 in Westbroek. This is mentioned in the archive catalog in Utrecht. I don't know about the FHL microfilming of this church book of Westbroek in particular. It may be missing there.

Up to 1640 the book of Westbroek is hard to read, but we're very lucky, because:

den 31. Maij 1640 Aert Jacobs j.g: van Acht-thienhoven EV. Annetien gerrits van Schaijck j.d: mede van Acht-thienhoven. tot West broeck bevesticht den 21. Junij 1640. (DTB Westbroek 197/53).

They both lived in Achttienhoven and married on June 21st 1640 in Westbroek, the church book says.

Their first child was born the next year in Achttienhoven and baptised in Westbroek:

Anno 1641. Den 19. Decembris is gedoopt Neeltien de dochter van Aert Jacobss EV Annetien gerrits van Schaijck woonende in Acht thienhoven. (DTB Westbroek 196/120)

The name Van Schaijk (Van Schaik, Van Schaick) is very common in the area between Utrecht and Amsterdam.

Note the baptism of Grietgen, daughter of Aert jacobsen and Anna Gerrits in Utrecht. This is in 1646 and to be found in the books of the "gereformeerde Jacobij kerk". The 'surname' Van Schaijck is not mentioned here.


The family came to the US in 1648, living in Rennselaerswyck and taking the name Van Wagenen in the very early 1700s (see Patricia Van Wagenen Heffernan in The Van Wagenen, Harrison & Heffernan Families of New York).