Dear Luana, Two different, unproven sources are so close to each other thatthey almost have to be correct. One source: "I have found Hester's maiden name was Hester von Arentswelt...the Dutch family tree lists her as Hester Douwedr"...........the other source lists her father as "Douwe Jaasoon de Vries Van Arentzvelt, b.ca. 1580 NETH, d.ca. 1653 N.Y."Interesting, if fact, since her father would have been in, and died in, New Amsterdam about two years after Hester and Gillis came here. Hope it helps...Jeanne C.