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Cornelius Melyn (b. Abt. 1602, d. date unknown)Cornelius Melyn was born Abt. 1602, and died date unknown.He married Jannetje Adryiaens on Aft. April 22, 1627 in amsterdam, Holland131.
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The following is from the National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Volume 10, page 221:
MELYN, Cornelis, colonist, statesman and author, was born about 1602, and came to New Amsterdam from Antwerp in 1639, accompanied by Joachim Kuyter, another gentleman of education and ability.He returned for his family, and after many adventures and perils from pirates, from shipwreck and the tyranny of corrupt officials, settled on Staten Island, buying lands from the Indians in 1641 and becoming the first patroon by appointment from Holland.
He was twice deprived of his property by colonial governors, and his settlement was twice destroyed by fire and massacre.At a critical period, when president of the "council of eight men," he hade peace with the Indians of Long Island, and commenced a vigorous war upon those of the Hudson river.A memorial, forwarded by him to Holland, October, 1644, asking for the recall of Gov. Kiefft, recounts the massacre, the maladministration and decay of the colony, petitions for a system of government like that of the municipalities of Holland, and shows that the Dutch governors wasted their opportunities for empire by making enemies of their Indian neighbors.In 1647 Stuyvesant banished Kuyter for three years and Melyn for seven; in addition the latter was sentenced to forfeit the benefits of the company and to pay a fine of 300 guilders.
On August 17th of that year Kiefft sailed for Holland, carrying with him Melyn and Kuyter, who though the vessel was wrecked on the coast of Wales, escaped to land and found their way to Holland, where the sentences against them were reversed by the states general.In 1650 Melyn returned to New Amsterdam with a mandamus obliging Director Stuyvesant to appear in person or by attorney at the Hague to answer to the charges preferred by Kuyter and himself.Stuyvesant at once renewed his persecutions, confiscating the vessel on which Melyn arrived, with its cargo, and later his property in New Amsterdam, on the east side of Broad street, forcing him to retire to Staten Island and live in a state of siege as it were.
At last he sold his lands to the Dutch India Co. and took the oath of allegiance to the New Haven colony in April, 1657.A perusal of the literature of the Dutch colony shows him to have been an upright, clear-headed patriot of indomitable will and tenacity of purpose.His treatise, "Wholesome Advice to the United New Netherland Provinces," translated by Dr. H. C. Murphy (Vol. III., "Historical Collections of New York"), is esteemed by Prof. Justin Winsor as the production of a statesman and a patriot.A copy of the original work is in the Lenox Library, New York City.He died in 1674, probably in New York, leaving a widow (Jannetjen) and five children, whose descendants are in the families of Conklin, Dickinson, Houston, Kingsbury, Leavenworth and Schellinger, to go no further.One son was carried away prisoner with him and perished at the time of the shipwreck.
The following information is from pp 46-47 of my uncle Fayette Plumb II's "Plumb, Houghtons and Allied Families", published 1946 by Joseph Plumb, Haverford, PAIt lists its source as "Cornelis Melyn, Patroon, and Some of His Descendants", by Paul Gibson Burton in New York Genealogical and Biographical Records, Vol. 68, pp 6, 132-134...
Cornelis Melyn, son of Andre and Marie (Gheudinx-Botens) Melyn, of Antwerp, Belgium, and grandson of Lambert Melyn, of the same place, was baptised in the church of St. Walburga, Antwerp, on September 17, 1600, and died, probably in Connecticut, after March, 1662/3.He was a leather-dresser in Amsterdam and came to New Amsterdam, now New York, on the vessel "Arms of Norway" which sailed for the New Netherlands, after May 12, 1638, for the West India Company.He made many similar voyages, and on reaching home after the second one, applied for the patroonship of Staten Island, which was granted July 3, 1640.
While proceeding to his new home on the "Angel Gabriel", the vessel was captured by a frigate from Dunkirk, and he lost everything in the venture.To finance a second expedition he sold a half interest in the patroonship to Godert Van Reede, Lord of Nederhurst.With his family and a party of 41 colonists he sailed in the "Oaktree" and reached New Amsterdam August 14, 1641.They proceeded to the island and began to build homes and cultivate the ground.The settlement suffered from Indian ravages, and in 1643 he removed to Manhattan Island just before an attack, in which the community was destroyed.
Owing to his criticism of the administration of Governor Kieft, Melyn incurred the displeasure of Governor Stuyvesant and with his friend, Kuyter, was banished from the colony.They sailed for Holland on the "Princess Amelia", upon which Kieft also sailed.The vessel was wrecked in the Bristol Channel and most of the passengers, including Kieft, were drowned.Melyn and Kuyter were among the few survivors.They appealed to the States General, who sided with them.
Melyn made many more trips to America.His settlement on Staten Island, which had been resumed, was again attacked by the Indians, his son, Cornelis, and twelve or more persons were killed, and the rest taken prisoners, including Melyn himself.They were finally ransomed.He removed to New Haven, where he took the oath of allegiance to England, April 7, 1657.He is last mentioned in New Haven's records in March 1662/3.
Jacob Melyen [Maullains, Murline, Melleyns, Melyn, Melians] came from New Haven, Ct., but was previously of New Amsterdam.He was the son of the patroon, Cornelius Melyn, whose name is familiar to every student of Dutch American history.The father was born 1602 at Antwerp, Holland, and emigrated in 1639 to New Netherlands.He returned in 1640 for his wife [Janneken] and children and obtained a grant on Staten Island.There he planted a colony in 1641, which was broken up by the Indian war of 1643.Removing to New Amsterdam he took up his residence on Broad, between Stone and Pearl Sts., on the east side.He espoused the popular side in politics, for which he was heavily fined by Gov. Stuyvesant, and banished for seven years.He returned to Holland for redress, was wrecked Sept 27, 1647, and lost one of his sons, barely escaping with his own life.
The Home Government sustained his appeal, but Stuyvesant still persisted in his opposition.After another voyage to Holland, he re-established himself in 1650 on Staten Island, continuing there until the colony was again dispersed by the Indians in the massacre of 1655.He removed to New Haven, Ct., where he and his son, Jacob, took the oath of fidelity April 7, 1657.In 1659, he repaired again to Holland, effected a settlement of his difficulties, relinquished Staten Island to the West India Co., and soon after returned to New Netherlands.He had died in 1674, leaving his wife, three sons -- Jacob, Cornelis and Isaac, and three daughters -- Marian (married and residing at New Haven), Susannah and Magdaleen, who were married subsequently to Jacob Schellinger and Jacob Soper, merchants of New York.
The following is from "Compendium of Genealogy", Vol V, pp. 246 and 774, and was copied by Warren Carey:
Cornelis Melyn -- from Holland to New Netherlands, 1638.Went to Holland 1640 for his wife & children and returned to New Amsterdam 1641 with an order granting him nearly the whole of Staten Island.
Planted a colony 1641.Dispersed by Indians 1643.President "Council of Eight" under Dir. Gen. Kieft 1643-47.Removed to New Amsterdam, returned again to Holland when banished by Peter Stuyvesant for espousing popular side in politics; returned to Staten Island 1649.After Indian massacre of 1655 removed to New Haven, Conn.Married at Amsterdam 1627 to Janetje Adriaens (1604-1681).
Attached below is the Cornelis Melyn chart prepared by this
poster based on J. H. Innes' "New Amsterdam and Its
People" [New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902].
CORNELIS MELYNCornelis Melyn, Patroon of Staten Island, was born
inAntwerpen before the 17th century.From a Germanicancestry, his
surname may probably have been derivedfrom a place of residence of his
family, "Melin," 60 milessoutheast of Antwerpen, near Maestricht.He was
marriedto Jannetje Adriaens in Europe where his first three childrenwere
born.Jannetje died in New York on 27 May 1684.He sailed to North
Amsterdam in 1636.In about 1641,
he brought his wife and three children.Bitter about
the colonial maladministration and humiliated by being
jealously watchedas well as constantly harassed and
persecuted by Petrus Stuyvesant and the officers of the
West India Company inthe Netherlands and the
destruction of his plantation onStaten Island [Innes,
83-124],Cornelis Melyn self-exiled toNew Haven colony
1657 with his son Jacob Melyn while his wife, Jannetje,
remained in New York with his daughter Cornelia Melyn
who was married to Capt. Loper.CornelisMelyn died
there after 1663.DESCENDANTS OF CORNELIS MELYN:ii.1. Cornelia was born
1628 in Antwerpen.(Marriage Recordstates that she is from
Amsterdam.) She was13 in 1641 and died 25 February 1717, aged 88,
andburied in an old churchyard in East Hampton.She was
married twice.RDC Marriage Record:"Ultim. June 1647 Jacob Loper,
Capt.Luytt j.m.Van Stockholm, en Cornelia Molyn, j.d. Van
Amster."Jacobus Loper.He died after a short arried life,
leaving her with two children as follows.iii.1. Jacobus "James"
Loper, bp. 25 Oct 1648.He married_____and named his son
"Lion"Loperin honour of Lion Gardiner, p. 354.
His descendants were married into theGardiner
family.iii.2. Jannetje Loper, bp. 30 Oct 1650. She
married9 Oct 1674 Joris Davidson of Albany, NY.
Cornelia remarried 7 April 1653 Jacobus Schellingerof
Amsterdam who was in mercentile business andmay be connected
with the Schellinger family ofAmsterdam who were in the same
mercantilebusiness: Hillebrandt, Cornelis Gerritzen Schellinger,
and Cornelis Schellinger the elder.Jacobus Schellinger
who married the widowed Cornelis (nee Melyn) Loperhad an uncle
in Amsterdam named Pieter Toom.Jacobus seems to have resided in
NewAmsterdamfor a period of 12 or 13 years after marrying to
Cornelia(nee Melyn) Loper in 1653. They remained in New York
until 1666/67 and removed to the English settlementof East
Hampton under the eastern extremity of LongIsland where Jacobus
Schellinger died 17 June 1693aged 67.His wife Cornelia outlived
in for anotherquarterof a century, dying February 25, 1717,
aged 88.Prior to removing to Long Island, they had four
children baptised in the Dutch Church:iii.3. Willem
Schellinger, bp. 8 Mar 1654,iii.4. Catalyntje Schellinger, bp. 19
April 1656iii.5. Abraham Schellinger, bp. 20 Sept. 1662.
He predeceased his mother in 1713.He had the oldest
sonWillem Schellingeriii.6. Daniel Schellinger, bp. 19 July 1665
iii.7. Cornelis Schellinger, b. East Hampton, LIiii.8.
Jacobus Schellinger, Jr., b. East Hampton, LIand
predeceased his mother in 1714.He wasmarried into the
English family of Baker at EastHampton and left a family of
eight children.ii.2. Jacob Melyn.He married_________and had several
children baptised in the Dutch Church.Jacob removedto Boston
in his latter years after having lived in NewHaven Colony with
his self-exiled father.There was nofurther information about
his descendants thereafter.[Jean's note: Baptismal records show
HANNA ROBBERTSHOBBERTS as wife of Jacob "Molyn" Melyn.His first
twochildrenwere baptised on the same day in 1674 and
lastthree children were baptised together on 7 Aug. 1677.
iii.1. Susannah Melyn 3 Oct 1674iii.2. Jacob Melyn, 3 Oct 1674
iii.3. Daniel Melyn, bp. 7 Aug 1677iii.4. Samuel Melyn, bp. 7
Aug 1677iii.5. Abigail Melyn, bp. 7 Aug 1677ii.3. (son) drowned in
the wreck of the Princess in 1647when he was accopmpanying his
father to Holland.ii.4.Susannah, bp. in NA 14 June 1643.Her
godparentswere Susannah's older Cornelia Molyn aged about
15 and Lyntje Jochems. See NA RDC Records.Susanna married on
August 25, 1664, in NewHaven, Connecticut, Johan Wynants
[Winants].Susannah is mentioned in her husbands will, and
she died between date of the will, 14 Feb. 1687/8and its
probate 15 January 1694/5.They had ninechildren. Of these the
first wo children were baptisedtogether on 3 Octcber 1674 in New
Amsterdam. Theirgodparents were Nicolaes de Meyer and
Jannetje L_.iii.1. Susanna Wynants, bp. 3 Oct 1674.
iii.2. Johannes, bp. 3 Oct 1674.iii.3.iii.4.iii.5.
iii.6iii.7iii.8iii.9ii.5. Magdalen, bp. 3
March 1645, dyii.6. Isaac, bp. 22 July 1646, resided in NY.He died
before1722, leaving only one child by his wife, Temperance,
daughter of William Loveridge of Albany; namelyJoanna, wife of
Jonathan Dickinson.Pedigree prepared by Jean Boutcherfrom the
source, "New Amsterdam and Its People,"[New York: Charles Scribner's
Sons, 1902], pp. 93-124;pp. 350-356.The information on the Wynant (Winan)
family can be found on page 1 of "Winans Family Genealogy by Alice Winans
Egy Woolley, page 1, Family of John and Susannah Melyn
More About Cornelius Melyn and Jannetje Adryiaens:
Marriage: Aft. April 22, 1627, amsterdam, Holland.131
Marriage Fact: petition for license- April 22 , 1627.
Children of Cornelius Melyn and Jannetje Adryiaens are:
- +Sussanna Melyn, b. 1643, Staten Island, New York, d. date unknown.