Machiel MESSECAR (1620 -) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Miller line.
Macheil Messecar was born about 1620 in Frankenthal, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. He married Miscaer [__?__] On May 11, 1647, Michiel Miscaer and his family arrived in New Amsterdam (now New York City) aboard the Princess Amelia after an approximate nine week crossing. Ship documents list him as Michiel Mesger from Frankenthal, Germany. (Frankendael Park is in Amsterdam. Could Frankendael just be the embarkation?) The following year, Machiel baptized his son, Johannes, in the Reformed Dutch Church located within the walls of the fort at the tip of Manhattan.
Frankenthal was first mentioned in 772. In 1119 an Augustinian monastery was built here, the ruins of which — known, after the founder, as the Erkenbertruine — still stand today in the town centre.
In the second half of the 16th century, people from the Netherlands, persecuted for their religious beliefs, settled in Frankenthal. They were industrious and artistic and brought economic prosperity to the town. Some of them were important carpet weavers, jewellers and artists whose Frankenthaler Malerschule (“Frankenthal school of painting”) acquired some fame. In 1577 the settlement was raised to the status of a town by the Count Palatine Johann Casimir.
In 1600 Frankenthal was converted to a fortress. In 1621 it was besieged by the Spanish during the Thirty Years’ War, and then successively occupied by troops of the opposing sides. Trade and industry were ruined and the town was not reconstructed until 1682. If Michiel was born in Frankenthal in 1620, then he may have become a refugee at a very young age.
In 1689 the town was burnt to the ground by French troops in the War of the Grand Alliance. The town did not fully recover from this for more than fifty years.
Miscaer [__?__] was born about 1625 in Holland.
Children of Machiel and Miscaer:
baptized at the Reformed Dutch Church
(Neeltse HARMAN) on 23 Jun 1670
Messencar is also spellled Mesger, Mesecar and Miscaer
First Residence – Europe. Second Residence – New Amsterdam in 1647. Third Residence – Gravesend, Kings County, New York.
1. Adam Machielse Messcher
As his name was spelled in 1687 when he took the Oath of Allegiance , emigrated to New Amsterdam in 1647 with his father. In 1670, Stoothoff listed him as a dealer in whale oil, and in 1675 he was on the assessment rolls as living in Flatlands, Long Island. He was living at Gravesend with his brother in 1687 . He was still there in 1690 when he witnessed the land deed of Peter and Marguerite Sympson and also bought his own lot (#30) the same year.
Child of Adam and [__?__]
i. Abraham Masicar was a resident in 1704 in New York City. At that time he had a wife and 5 children under the age of 16; 3 boys and 2 girls.
Abram Messeker, of Hackinsack tried to marry the widow Amelyntie Herte in 1709. He was “not confirmed in the marriage state” as he “had already a wife living.”
Abraham /Abram may have been a son of Johannes and Neeltje, but it is also possible that he might be a child of Adam Messecher. Abram was listed as having been born at Gravesend.