Judging from the postings many of you are well-read and historians. While searching for information on "our" common ancestors, I ran across some references to a Mijnheer Wienant TEN BROECK in Washington Irving's first published work. "A History of New York, from the Beginning of Creation to the End of the Dutch Dynasty." Washington Irving wrote under the name of Diedrich Knickerbocker. His work put a comical and exaggerated twist to the history of New York. Does anyone know who this Mijnheer TEN BROECK is? and how he fits into the family in relationship to Wessel TEN BROECK? Washington Irving liked to refer to Mijnheer Ten Broeck, as Mijnheer "Ten Breeches." Ten Broeck = tot den broeck, which means from the marsh. broek can also means breeches, aka pants; depending on grammatical usage.