Sijmon Floriszen

Sijmon FLORISZEN (c. 1590 – ) was Alex’s 11th Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Sijmon Floriszen was born about 1590 in Amsterdam, Holland.   He married Claertje ARENTS  10 Dec 1616 in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands.

Marriage intention of Simon Florisse and Claertjen Arents – 10 December 1616. Source:  Huwelijks Aangifte (Marriage Intentions for all Dutch Reformed Churches in the City of Amsterdam), Film 113188.

Claertje Arents was born about 1595 in Amsterdam, Holland.  After Symon died, she married Jouwe Heijndrix on 8 Nov 1642 in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands.

Children of Sijmon and Claertje:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Floris Simonsen  bapt.
1 Jan 1619
Nieuwkerk (New Church), Amsterdam
2. Lijsbet Sijmons bapt.
18 Jun 1620
Oudekerk (Old Church), Amsterdam
3. Machtelt Sijmons bapt.
1 May 1622
Oudekerk, Amsterdam
Claes Maijer
22 Feb 1642
4. Jannetje SYMONS bapt.
22 Sep 1624
Oudekerk, Amsterdam, Holland
Evert PELS
15 Dec 1641 Amsterdam.
 2 Sep 1683
Kingston, Ulster, NY
5. Arent Sijmonsen bapt.
1 Dec 1626
Nieuwkerk, Amsterdam
Died Young
6. Marij Sijmons bapt.
17 Dec 1628
Oudekerk, Amsterdam
7 Mar 1631 Amsterdam
7. Arent Sijmons bapt.
1 Dec 1626
Oudekerk, Amsterdam
8. Marie Simons Schepmoes bapt.
12 Oct 1632
Nieuwkerk, Amsterdam
Jacob Barents Kool (Son of Barent Jacobsen KOOL)
New Amsterdam, Kingston NY
 Aft 1700
Kingston, Ulster, NY

Many genealogies incorrectly report that Symon Symonse Groot was Jannetje Simon’s father.  This other Symon Symonse Groot (1620-1690) married Rebecca Du Trieux 1649 in Schenectady, Albany, New York.  That Symon died 1699 in Schenectady, Albany, New York.

That couple did not marry until over 20 years after Jannetje was born and Rebecca is a decade younger than Jannetje. This other Symon came to New Netherland about 1645, as boatswain of the ship Prince Maurits (120-2), and purchased a house of Jacob Roy in New Amsterdam. About ten years later he became a resident of Beverwyck where he purchased a house lot and remained until 1663, when he hired a bouwery of 25 or 30 morgens at Schenectady of Gerrit Bancker and Harmen Vedder.    He married Rebecca, daughter of Philip Du Trieux of New Amsterdam, and had six sons and four daughters; of whom Symon, Abraham, Philip, Dirk and Claas were captured by the French and Indians and carried away to Canada in 1690. Symond and Rebecca were away from home in Albany for a baptism.  The year following they were redeemed.

Back to “Our” Sijmon

Sijmon Floriszen’s marriage intentions names him a “boxmaker”.

According to Willem Rabbelier “The word ‘boxmaker’ cannot be found in the Middle-Dutch dictionary, but, he remember from his youth that his parents used to call pants, pantaloons ‘boksem’.   He is originally from the northern part of the Netherlands (Groningen) and it was a dialect word for pants. In his Dutch Extended Dictionary he found the entry: ‘boks’ or ‘boksem’. The Dictionary states that these words were dialect and historically used for ‘sailors’ wide pants’. His wife, who’s from the southern province of Brabant tells him that ‘boks’ as a synonym for ‘broek’ (= pants, pantaloons) was used widely among the dialect-speaking people. So he is quite sure that ‘Boxmaker’ is rather synonymous to ‘Broekenmaker’.” was a “broekenmaker” (a maker of trousers) in Amsterdam.


8. Marritje Sijmons

Marretje seems to have arrived in New Netherlands as an indentured servant to Pieter Pietersen Harder “in the city of New Amstel, on the South River”.

New Amstel, Delaware was originally settled by the Dutch West India Company in 1651, under the leadership of Peter Stuyvesant, on the site of a former aboriginal village, “Tomakonck” (“Place of the Beaver”), to assert their claim to the area based on a prior agreement with the aboriginal inhabitants of the area. The Dutch originally named the settlement Fort Casimir, but this was changed to Fort Trinity (Swedish:Trefaldighet) following its seizure by the colony of New Sweden on Trinity Sunday, 1654. The Dutch conquered the entire colony of New Sweden the following year and rechristened the fort Nieuw Amstel (“New Amstel”). This marked the end of the Swedish colony in Delaware as an official entity, but it remained a semi-autonomous unit within the New Netherland colony and the cultural, social, and religious influence of the Swedish settlers remained strong. As the settlement grew, Dutch authorities laid out a grid of streets and established the town common (The “Green”), which continue to this day, In 1664, five years after Marretje  left, the English seized the entire New Netherland colony in the Second Anglo-Dutch War and changed the name of the town to “New Castle.”

Evert PELS, the husband of her sister Jannetje, paid for the remainder of her indenture in 19 February 1659. Marretje married Jacob Barensten Kool, after 1660 in Kingston, New York.

“Power of Attorney from Evert Pels to Jan Jacobsen Source:  Early Church Records, Ulster County, New York, p. 19

Appeared before me, Johannes La Montagne, in the service of the General Chartered West India Company Commissary at Fort Orange, and the village of Beverwyck, Evert Pels, who declared in the presence of the herinafter named witnesses, that he hath constituted and appointed, as hereby does constitute and appoint, the Honorable Captain Jan Jacobsen his attorney, in the principle’s name and in his behalf, to procure the freedom of MARRETJE SYMONS, sister of the Principle’s wife, dwelling in the city of New Amstel, on the South River, with one Pieter Pietersen Harder, in such manner as the attorney may adjudge best; promising to hold good and valid whatever the attorney shall do in this matter, as if he, the principle, were himself present, for which he binds his person and estate, real and personal, submitting the same to all courts and judges.

Done in Fort Orange the 19th of February, anno 1659, in the presence of Johannes Prevost and Jan Pietersen Muller.

Signed EVERT PELS; Witnesses : Johannes Provoost and Jan Pieters; acknowledged before me La Montagne, Commissary at Ft. Orange.”

Marritje’s husband Jacob Barents Kool was born 25 Sep 1639 Kingston, Ulster County, New York. His parents were  Barent Jacobsen KOOL and Marretje Leenderts  DeGRAUW. Jacob died 1719 Kingston, Ulster, New York.

The Kools lived in Wildwyck/Esopus (now Kingston, Ulster, New York) where he worked for Juriaen Westfael, a farmer, and Marritje also worked, probably as a laundress. They moved to New Amsterdam (New York City) in 1667, where Jacob became a porter in the Weigh house and a beer and wine carrier like his father. By 1689, they had returned to Ulster County, where Jacob took an oath of allegiance. Jacob and Marritje had eight children.


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