Hi Will, THANKS for letting me know about the information at the OSTRANDER GenForum message board which is on my paternal ancestors.Are you related?Here is an email I received below.Happy searching, Jan in VT === From: Subject: [OSTRANDER] Who was Geesje Jans? Where was her first husband buried? To: OSTRANDER-L@rootsweb.com Our family (yours & mine) had a story that Pieter & Rebecca married in 1679 in Kingston, NY. For over 80 years, the story was repeated that the father of the groom was Pieter Pieterzen, a solder, who came to New Amsterdam on De Bonte Koe.
This story was first brought up when a genealogist in 1800's did some work on the Ostrander family.
He found a passenger list with Pieter Pieterzen and wife and children (un named). He just jumped to the conclusion that this child was the groom in the 1679 marriage.
In the past several years, a man employed some researchers to learn more of the ancestry. Check out Chris Brooks. Do a search on the site I sent you. This will lead you to an article that was published in the NY Genealogical journal a few years ago.
It appears that the Bonte Koe passengers were not connected to those persons who later used the surname "Ostrander". Many folks believed in the Bonte Koe story. And they became quite upset to have a new idea floated for considertion. I am convinced that this is the ancestry of the groom: Pieter Carstensen died at sea. Between 1650 & 1659. He may have been employed by East Indian Company. His widow was Geesje Jans. Geesje remarried in 1660 to Arent Teunissin Pier. They sailed to New Amsterdam with Geesje's children by her first marriage. One of these children was the groom. He grew up and married Rebecca Traphagen in 1679.
Geesje had children with Arent who later used surname PIER. Geesje's children with first husband used surname OSTRANDER. In my line, some of these Ostranders married some of these Piers.