To all Mekeel/McKeel/McKiel folks out there. I am delighted to see a GenForum site for us to exchange information. The early history of this family can be found in The History of Harlem by James Riker published in 1904. I just received a $100 reprint of this very hard to find book. The comments by Linda Mekeel above are correct as far as I know.My ancestors were Loyalists who fled to NB Canada at the time of the American Revolution. There the name usually is spelled McKiel.Michiel Bastiensen Van Kortrijk and his brother Jan did come to New Amsterdam in 1663 with their wives and children. A descendant of Jan, Elizabeth Kortright, became the wife of James Monroe, the President of the U.S. The children of Jan and Michiel used different names and/or varieties of the same name so it is difficult to keep everyone straight. My line is through Michiel - his first name became the basis of the last name Mekeel, McKeel, McKiel. There are lots of unanswered questions.