Thank you for your kind response.Residing in lovely, central New Jersey allows me to physically visit many of the NY/NJ churches, cemeteries, libraries, historical societies and town halls for Van Sickle(n) and Sickels/Sickles records/ledgers.In 1880, Professor John Waddell Van Sickle described Hunterdon County, NJ as being the "Father of the Van Sickle's" in the United States and Sussex County, NJ as the "Mother of the Van Sickle's".One lofty goal of mine is to provide definitive proof/documentation, or lack thereof, of the Zachariah Sickles and Ferdinand Van Sycklyn family connection from the old world.
Monmouth County, NJ vies a close first or second as the Father/Mother of the Sickles/Sickels Family in the U.S. (cemeteries containing both Sickles/Sickels and Van Siclen's in close proximity have been located) and may provide an indelible clue or two.I'd also like to learn how this family feud several generations ago developed (Sickels to Sickles switch).
Although the progenitor of the VanSycklyn Family in the United States (Ferdinandus) converted to Dutch Reformed/Calvinist as a result of the Protestant Reformation, it is ironic he was named (my theory) in honor of Ferdinand I or II, both Holy Roman Emperors (Roman Catholics) of his era.His Father-in-law, Anthony Jansen Van Salee/Van Fez (born 1607) was described by Teunis G. Bergen as a "heathen, uncivilized, a Turk and a horned beast" who had a "proclivity toward Mohammedism."Anthony was allegedly a "Moor of mixed blood".His Dutch father, Jan Janse Van Haarlem, born 1588 in the Netherlands, was a freebooter, pirate and ally of famed pirate Clase Gerritz.His African/Moroccan Mother was the daughter and a Moslem princess of Muley Zidan.According to Bergen, Jan Janse Van Haarlem "persuaded many female Christian slaves to forsake their religion" and deserted his own Dutch Reformed wife.Nathaniel Price wrote that Jan Janse had a brother, George Jansen de Rapelje (progenitor of the de Rapelje's in America), who arrived in New Amsterdam with Peter Minuit in 1623 and a brother, William Jensen de Rapelje, who arrived with Anthony Jansen Van Salee in 1633.Anthony was listed as being a large, land tract owner, possessing "Turk's Plantation" in what was then Gravesend, New Netherlands (he is recorded as having applied for a land patent on May 27th, 1643).Anthony was at odds/an outcast with the Dutch Reformed Church (the state church in New Netherlands and New Amsterdam/Albany at the time) by refusing to financially support/attend the church.Not enough investigation has been given to Anthony Van Salee/Fez and Jan Janse Van Haarlem, however, the Holland Society of NY has written several informative articles on these fascinating men.
It was Anthony Jansen Van Salee's personal motto ("Liver Turc dan Paus"--"Rather Turk than Papist"), that became the "Beggars Badge" of the Sea/Land (i.e. one of the most famous coins/badges of Europe) and the strong influence of Americans of Dutch descent for over 200+ years that inspired our ancestor, George West Van Siclen, to found the prestigious, Holland Society of NY.George W. forged the Beggars Badge, a Tiffany exclusive modeled after the Numistic Society of Amsterdam, Netherlands prototype.The badge itself is crescent-shaped with another inscription "En tout fidelle au Roi"--In All Things to the King", expressing loyally to the Dutch Protestant King.
I believe George West Van Siclen (1840-1903) to be an interesting study.He was a noted editor, lawyer and founder of the Title Guarantee and Trust Company of NY (i.e. the largest real estate firm in the world at the time).He was the founder and first secretary of the Holland Society of NY and first secretary of the Holland Trust Company of NY.His first wife, Sarah Jane Gregory Van Siclen, died while giving birth to George West Van Siclen.His second wife, Grace Cornell Hogarth Van Siclen, gave birth to five children--all who died young.John Gregory, 24 days; George West Junior, 11 months and 5 days; Clara, 7 months and 8 days; Henry, 10 months and 14 days and a premature daughter, who survived only 4 hours on November 4th, 1873.
George G. Sickles, father to Major General Daniel Edgar Sickles is worthy of review.He owned vast tracts of property in Manhattan, Brooklyn and within the 5 NYC boroughs worth millions.He married Dan's mother, Susan Marsh, well over a year after his birth and remarried for a second time in his 81st year, having had three young daughters out of wedlock.Dan's son, Stanton and grandson Daniel also led interesting lives.
I am also looking into the life of George Van Sicklen, Abbot and Roman Catholic Priest of Saint Bavon's (Baaf's) Abbey and Cathedral (1405).A Van Sicklen who settled into the Mohawk Valley, NY in 1623; Andrew Van Sycklin or Van Sichgelen of New Ansterdam (now Albany, NY) in 1642/43; Anthonius van der Sicklen Jr. of New Netherlands (1624-1633) whose father was a signer of the Treaty of Ghent with William the Silent.
I'll fill in the blanks as they are discovered.
Glenn Van Syckle