The Parents of Albert and Arent Andriessen Bradt

    According to patronymics, Albert Andriessen Bradt and Arent Andriessen Bradt's father would have been named Anders (the Norwegian form of the name Andries).
    Although there is a legend that Albert and Arent's mother was a Mohawk woman named Kinetis or Kenutje, there is no positive proof in the manner. In fact, it is highly unlikely because Albert and Arent are known to have come from Norway, settling first in Amsterdam, then New Netherland. Albert was often referred to, in contemporary records as "Noorman", meaning "Norseman". There is no mention, however, in the primary records, of either Albert or Arent being part Mohawk. (See Jacques Hertel and the Indian Princesses by Cynthia Brott Biasca.)
    Albert and Arent's mother is now believed by many researchers to be named Eva. This argument is based on the fact that both of the brothers named their eldest daughters Eva and Aefje (a Dutch equivalent of Eva). In the Dutch naming system, the eldest, or sometimes the second eldest daughter, was named after her paternal grandmother. As Albert's wife's mother was named Geesje, this rules out the possibility that these girls were named after their maternal grandmothers instead.

Therefore, a couple probably named Andries and Eva had the following children:

1. Albert Andriessen Bradt, born about 1607 in Fredrikstad, Ostfold, Norway, married Annetje Barents Rottmers in Amsterdam, a sailor and then a tobacco planter and saw mill owner, settled in New Netherland.
2. Arent Andriessen Bradt, born about 1615, married Catalyntje de Vos (daughter of Andries de Vos), settled in New Netherland.

    Also note that there is another known family member, Albert's uncle, Lourens Pieters. He assisted Albert with his marriage intention in Amsterdam. Whether Lourens was his father's brother, mother's brother, or married to one of the parents' sisters is unknown.

Source:
1. Marriage Intentions for All Dutch Reformed Churches in the City of Amsterdam, 1630-2, LDS Film # 113194.
2. Marriages in the Oudekerk, Amsterdam 1565-1669, LDS Film # 113353.
3. Schellinger, IJan Tiepks, "Log of the Ship Rensselaerswyck, 25 Sep 1636-7 Nov 1637", Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts, (van Laer, A.J.F. (ed.), 1908, p. 369).
4. Biasca, Cynthia Brott, "Jacques Hertel and the Indian Princesses", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 128, No. 2, pgs. 91-97.
5. Baptisms in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Amsterdam, 1590-1641, LDS FHL Film # 113415.


By the Rensselaerswyck.

...Albert Andriesz de Noorman from Frederikstad
Arent Andriesz de Noorman, brother of Albert...

Source: Schellinger, IJan Tiepks, "Log of the Ship Rensselaerswyck, 25 Sep 1636-7 Nov 1637", Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts, (van Laer, A.J.F. (ed.), 1908, p. 369).


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