Meyndert Hendricksen [Wiltson] (1672 - abt 1700) is a brother of my ancestor Marten Hendricksen Wiltse.I have done extensive research on the Wiltse family which has spelled its surname in an amazing variety of ways.
Meyndert was born in Newtown, New York and baptized 11 Feb 1672 at the New York Dutch Reformed Church. Witnesses included his parents: Hendrick Martenzen and Margrietje Meijnarts; another witness was Jacobje Meijnarts. Meyndert married 14 Nov 1694: Marie Broucard / Brokaw / Bourgon / Bragaw at the NY DRC after intentions were published 20 Oct:
Meyndert Wilsey, j.m., Van Nieuwthuijn (Newtown), en Maria Broucka, j.d., Van Manheim woonede tot Mispadt, were married.
Maria was baptized 6 Apr 1670 in the Walloon Church at Manheim. (See REC. 87:5ff for “The Brokaw-Bragaw Family” by H. Minot Pitman.)
Hendrick - their only child - was baptized 16 Sep 1695 at the NY DRC: Parents: Meyndert Wiltson, Maria Broehear; Witnesses: Hendrick Wiltson, Catalina Lafeber (paternal and maternal grandparents)
Hendrick went to Dutchess Co. with his uncles Cornelius and Johannes Wiltse. He changed his surname to WILLSON. He married abt 1718 at NY DRC Annetje Pieterse.
Apparently Meyndert Hendricksen died about 1700 in Newtown. In 1702 or 1703 his widow Marie and son Hendrick moved to Millstone or Raraton, Somerset County, New Jersey with her parents Bourgon Brouchard / Brokaw and Catherina LeFevre / de Feber and her siblings, except Isaac, the eldest son.
Jeremiah Wiltse and a cousin traveled from East Fishkill, Dutchess Co. down the west side of the Hudson River into New Jersey and visited the descendants of Meyndert Hendrickse Wiltsee, living in that state under the surname of Savage. Meyndert, after assuming the name “Wiltsee,” dropped the last syllable of that name and translated the first one into English (i.e. Savage) and continued its use as his family surname.