Many of our ancestors are here, for Middagh and VanNest.
I am particularly pleased to see, what I believe is, my Dirik Aten's baptism, Sept 17, 1721.
"Aerten, Adrian and wife, Intje--Dirck. Witnesses: Thomas Aerten and wife, Elsche."
That he is NOT named Thomas, makes sooooo much sense, as Jacobje's father, Derick Middagh, a respected member of this community, had died October 4, 1715.
Four years later, in Oct. of 1719, Adrian and Jacobje bap a daughter, Antie.
It would seem proper, that the next child born, a son, as in this case, Dirick, born five years after Jacobje's father Dirick Middagh died, would receive the name of the deceased and esteemed maternal grandfather, and I also add, that I believe the witnesses, Thomas Aerten and Elsche, are the paternal grandparents, Thomas Aten and Elsje Skillman.
This evidence convinces me more, that Maria DeMott and Hendrick Aten WERE NOT likely the parents of Adriaen m. to Jacobje Middagh. They appear to be no part of Jacobje's husband's life, other than an aunt and uncle in Hempstead, LI.