LUKE SIOERTs, also called Shourd, was a” mariner,” as were others of his race, at a later day. The name is evidently derived from the Swedish Christian name Skute. The anc., Sioert Olfertsen, emigrated from Heerenveen, a large village x8 miles s. e. of Leeuwarden, and for its beauty called the
Friesland Hague. He sailed from Amsterdam Sept. 27, 1663, in the ship Statyn and with him his w. Itie Roelofs,their ch. Olfert, and servant, Foppe Johannes. In the same vessel came Minne Johannes, also from Friesland, whose desc. in Rockland co. have borne the name of Minne or Manny.
Sioert was a mason, and hence, usually called Sioert de metselaer. He and w. joined the chh. in N. Y. Aug. 24, 1671, at the first communion under Do. Nieuwenhuysen. He was asst. ald in 1688 and 1689. He m. secondly, in 1697, Heyltie Pieters, wid. of Cornelis Clopper, and again in 1701, Janneke Snediker. He d. in 1702, leaving all his property to his son Olfert. His dr. Maria, b. 1664, m. Joh. Clopper. Olfert Sioerts, as called, b. at Heerenveen, in 1661, took his fa’s trade, a bricklayer, but abandoned
it for the sea. He m. in 1682, Margaret, dr. of Cornelis Clopper, and in 1703, Hillegond, dr. of Skipper Lucas Andriessen. Capt. Sioerts died in N. Y. in 1710. His chn. that reached maturity were Mary, b, 1686, Heyltie, 1688, Sioert, 1691, Aeltie, 1695, Johannes, 1701, Luke, 1704, and Cornelius, 1707. Heyltie m. Joh. Roosevelt, and has many desc. Luke m. Catharine Benson Jan. 6, 1728, but within five yrs. left her a wid. Some of this family removed to Rockland co. long prior to the Revolution.