“The family of Martin Schenck and his sons Jan and Roelof were followed to America in 1683 by Johannes Schenck, a cousin, and his young wife, Magdelena de Haes”, according to the history by Mrs. Adrian Van Sinderen Schenck: “A Branch of the Family of Schenck Van Nijdeggen”. Roelof Schenck (b. 1619) was my ancestor. Some trees at Ancestry.com list Johannes as Roelof’s brother, rather than cousin. Johannes Schenck was reportedly born on Sept. 19, 1656, some 37 years after my Roelof, and 6 years after Roelof’s reported arrival in America. Johannes was possibly born around Kessel, which I think is southwest of Venlo. So, not far from the North Limburg & vicinity ground-zero for Schenck Van Nydeggen for several centuries.Johannes’ father “Martin (son of Theodore) Schenck of the Nydeck family” was born in 1633, according to the 1876 “Memoir of Johannes Schenck”, by P. L. Schenck, M.D., See http://longislandgenealogy.com/Schenck.pdfhttp://longislandgenealogy.com/Schenck.pdfTheodore Schenck reportedly held some sort of bailiff or judge position near Kessel. There may have been a connection to Sevenum. Can anyone clarify the reported joint ancestry of Johannes and Roelof?
There are apparently plenty of living Schenck-surnamed male descendants from each guy, so some high-resolution (at least 67 STR markers) yDNA testing would be of considerable value in estimating number of generations to Most Recent Common Ancestor between any two Schenck-surnamed men of Dutch ancestry. Descendants with Roelof’s yDNA pattern should be a closer match with those with Jan’s yDNA than to those with Johannes’ yDNA signature.
To any reader of this note who is one of the four anonymous Schenck men with yDNA on file with Family Tree DNA: If your ancestry is suspected of being Dutch, please go to your FTDNA home page & send your results and known ancestral details to the Netherlands DNA Project at www.familytreedna.com/public/Netherlands/default.aspx Two of those 4 current Schenck samples at FTDNA have common ancestry, but not for several generations back, and are in Haplogroup R1b. This Netherlands Project has many persons in R1b, with several subclades. Genetic kinship within a researchable timeframe (even with non-Schenck persons) with someone in this project would not be as unusual as one might think.
Also, please send Dutch Schenck yDNA results to www.familytreedna.com/public/NetherlandsYwho have said that they are eager to accept Schenck samples. This project’s results are organized by Dutch province. North Limburg has some unusual types on file, including G2a. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_G_(Y-DNAhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_G_(Y-DNA)