One problem with this forum and similar forums is that it is easy to miss a new comment relating to an earlier thread. In particular, I recently noticed Paul Terhune’s comment posted to Barbara Terhune’s “Look at what I found” thread.
Why I am open to any evidence to the contrary, my research leads me to believe that the history passed down to us concerning Albert Albertse’s Netherlands home village.the name Terhune and his early years in New Amsterdam is correct. Again, I would point to Arnold Johan Ferdinand [Van Laer]’s “Settlers of Rensselaerswyck, 1630-1658” as the best source of information that we have.
True, Van Laer improperly records Albert’s wife as “Aeltje Cornelis, the widow of Gerrit Wolphertsz” who Barbara correctly identifies as the wife of Elbert Elbertse Stoothoff.Given the similarity in the names and the fact that our ancestor’s name was otherwise spelled with A’s, the error is understandable.
The other night while on the phone with Pat Terhune, I mentioned my finding that Albert was recruited by VanRensselaer in Nijkerk, a town in Gelderland to the west of Huinen. The response was that Albert was from Putten. Rather than negate my finding, it supports it since Putten is to the north of Huinen. I believe it reasonable to assume that as the teenage son, one of Albert’s duties would have been to carry the family’s wares to the nearest towns to be sold; those would have been Nijkerk and Putten. As Paul Terhune indicates, it is reasonable to assume that those recruited by VanRensselaer in Nijkerk would have sailed down the Rhine to Texel.
On the other hand, if Elbert Elbertse Stoothoff had been one of the Rensselaerswyck settlers, I have to believe that the surname Stoothoof would have appeared in the records. Recorded or not, the Van Laer book is shown as a source document by one of the Stoothoof genealogists which, no doubt, accounts in part for the similar histories. It should also be noted that Elbert Stoothoff’s birthplace is recorded as Nieukerken/Nieuwerkerk, North Brabant, which makes it more likely that he would have sailed from Rotterdam rather than from Texel.