Cornelius Arentsen Viervant and Jeanne Le Sueur

    Cornelis Arentsen Viervant was probably born in Lexmond, Utrecht, South Holland, Netherlands. Cornelis married Jeanne Le Sueur in 1668. Jeanne was probably born in Colmênil, Normandy, France. She came with her brother, François, from France to Manhattan in about 1657. They moved to Harlem, New York, leaving in 1662, and later in Esopus, Ulster, New York, where Jeanne married Cornelis. Afterwards, Cornelis and Jeanne moved to Harlem. Cornelis leased land at Fordham, New York in 1669 and 1671. Cornelis died in 1675 in Fordham, New York.

Cornelis and Jeanne had:

1. Cornelia Viervant, born in Kingston, Ulster, New York, married 1) William Ennes in or before 1694 in New York, 2) Lambert Brink 10 May 1717 in Kingston, Ulster, New York.
 
 

More About Jeanne Le Sueur's Family

    Jeanne Le Sueur's parents have not as of yet been found. However, she had at least one brother:
1. François Le Sueur, born 1625 in Colmênil, Normandy, France, married Jannetje Hillebrandt 12 Jul 1659 in New Amsterdam, New Netherland, died between 1669-1671, civil engineer, father of Jannetje, Hildebrand, John, Jacob, and Nicholas Lozier.

    Outwater in his article, suggested a second brother for Jeanne:
2. Eustache Le Sueur, artist and member of the French Academy. According to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco website, Eustache was born in 1617 in Paris, France, was a founding member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture (the Academy aforementioned), was called the "French Raphael", and died in 1655 (probably in Paris, where he spent his life). His work can be seen in museums in major cities, including Paris and San Francisco. I have no primary, and only one secondary, source to support the claim of a relationship between Eustache and our family. Outwater, the NYGBR article's author, cited his sources at the end of the article but not always directly in connection to the above information. If Eustache was really François and Jeanne's brother, then their father was "an illiterate artisan" (FAMSF website).
    I personally am skeptical about the proposed connection between our Le Sueurs and Eustache. It is known that Eustache was born and lived all his life in Paris, not Colmênil. Jeanne and François, on the other hand, were from Colmênil and had no recorded ties to Paris.
    The fact that Eustache was born and raised in a different city than Jeanne and François, along with the lack of primary sources, makes the suggestion that Eustache was related the New York Le Sueurs highly improbable.

Sources:
1. Ennes, Calvin, A Bit About the Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, 1969.
2. Hoes, Roswell Randall (comp.), Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1997 (originally published by De Vinne Press (New York), 1891).
3. "Oudewater-Outwater, Van Breesteede, Bertholf-Bartholf, Le Sueur-Lozier, Van Borsum, Caudebec-Cuddeback-Cudeback, and the Provoost Lineage of Dr. Samuel Outwater of Lockport, N. Y., and Los Angeles, Cal.", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. LV, No. 4, October 1924, pgs. 349-368 (pgs. 360-361 inclusive).
4. Saxbe, William B. Jr., "Four Fathers for William Ennis of Kingston: A Collective Review", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 129, No. 4, October 1998, pgs. 227-238.
5. The Marriage Book of the Register of the Persons who are herin recorded, and who were married here or outside the city of New York from the 11th Dec. 1639, as found in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, published 1890 and 1940.
6. Artist Biography of Eustache Le Sueur, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco website, http://www.thinker.org, 2001.
7. Riker, James, Harlem: its origin and early annals, New York, 1881.
8. Versteeg, Dingman (trans.), New York Historical Manuscripts:  Dutch, Kingston Papers, Vol. I (1661-1667), original translation 1899, Samuel Oppenheim's revision of Vol. I pub. 1912, Baltimore, MD:  Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976.


Kingston Marriage Register.

Page 503, Marriage # 29
1668 (Specific date of marriage not given)
CORNELIS ARENTSEN VIERVANT, j. m., of Lexmont, [1] in the "Sticht van Uytrecht," (Diocese of Utrecht), and JANNETIE LECHIER, of Nieu Haerlem (New Harlem), [2] j. d. Date of Banns not given.

Page 533, Marriage # 367
1717 10 May.
LAMMERT BRINK, j. m., born in Horly (Hurley), and CORNELIA VIERBRAND, widow of WILLEM ENNES, born in Kingstown. Banns registered, 21 April.

Source: Hoes, Roswell Randall (comp.), Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1997 (originally published by De Vinne Press (New York), 1891).


New Amsterdam Marriages

1659 12 dicto. Francoys Le jere Van Scalmeny by Diepen in Vranckryck, en Jannetje Hillebrants, Van Amsterdam.
Translation:  1659, 12 ditto (July), Francoys Le jere of Scalmeny (Colmênil) by Dieppe in France, and Jannetje Hillebrandts of Amsterdam.

Source: The Marriage Book of the Register of the Persons who are herin recorded, and who were married here or outside the city of New York from the 11th Dec. 1639, as found in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, published 1890 and 1940.


Le Sueur-Le Seur-Lesier-Le Jere-Lozier Lineage

1. FRANÇOIS1 LE SUEUR (Françoix Le Seur, or François de Lachaire, etc., etc.) was born in 1625, in Challe Mesnil or Colmenil, a small market town three miles south of Dieppe, in Normandy, France. His family name was well established in Caux, of which province Dieppe was the capital; and a century previous was figured amongst the cloth-makers of Rouen, France. He came thence to Manhattan about 1657, with his sister Jeanne, who m. at Kingston, N. Y., in 1668, Cornelis Arent Viervant, a native of Lexmont, Utrecht, Holland, and by him had a daughter Cornelia. François1 Le Sueur m. July 12, 1659, in the Dutch Church, New Amsterdam, Jannatie Hildebrand, daughter of Hildebrand Pietersen (see N. Y. Gen. And Biog. Soc. Coll., Vol. I, p. 24).
After the death of François1 Le Sueur, between 1669 and 1671, she m. (2) Antoine Tibba by whom she had 1 child. François1 Le Sueur first lived in Flatbush, Long Island, N. Y., then in Harlem in 1661, and early in 1663 in Esopus. He was a civil engineer. His brother, Eustace [3] was a painter in France and a Member in 1648 of the French Academy.
Children: 5 (Lozier), 4 sons and 1 daughter:-
i. Jannatie,2 b. -, 1660; m. about 1675, in Harlem, Jan Jansen Post (Mael).
ii. Hildebrand,2 b. -,1663, in Esopus; m. -, 1668, Elsie Tappan (daughter of Julien Tappan) who d. soon after marriage. They had one daughter, Jannetie3 Lozier.
iii. John,2 bapt. 1665, in Esopus, N. Y.; m. Rachel Smedes in 1686, in New York.
iv. Jacob,2 bapt. July 26, 1665, in Esopus, N. Y.
v. Nicholas,2 b. in Esopus, N. Y.; bapt. There June 10, 1668; m. (1) Tryntie Slote; m. (2) Antie Banta...

Source: "Oudewater-Outwater, Van Breesteede, Bertholf-Bartholf, Le Sueur-Lozier, Van Borsum, Caudebec-Cuddeback-Cudeback, and the Provoost Lineage of Dr. Samuel Outwater of Lockport, N. Y., and Los Angeles, Cal.", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. LV, No. 4, October 1924, pgs. 349-368 (pgs. 360-361 inclusive).


From Harlem: its origin and early annals, New York,
by James Riker, 1881.

p. 55
"Le Sueur was born at Challe-Mesnil or Colmenil, a small borough or market town three miles south of Dieppe. His name-taking such forms with his descendants as Leseur, Lesier, Lazear, and Lozier-was well established in Caux, and a century previous had figured among the cloth makers of Rouen."

p. 111
"JEAN GERVOE and FRANCOIS LE SUEUR went out at near the same date (as David du Four sailed for Manhattan in 1657)...Le Sueur, the Lozier ancestor, was from Colmenil, in Normandy, and was attended by his young sister Jeanne, neither being married."

p. 209-10
"The three years allowed them (the people of Harlem settling on Montagne's Flat) in which to pay for their lands had nearly expired, and with not a few it became a difficult problem how they should provide the 8 gl. per morgen which the government must have...It was plainly owing to the difficulty of raising this morgen-money, or morgen-gelt, as called...that a number of persons quit the town during this year (1662), to try their fortunes elsewhere; as well landholders as well others designing to become such. Of these were Coerten, De Pré, Du Four, Gervoe, and Le Sueur."

p. 217
"FRANÇOIS LE SUEUR, who left the town early in 1663, was the anc. of the families of Leseur and Lozier, now mostly seated in N. Y. City and Bergen Co., N. J. François first lived in Flatbush after coming to Manhattan, and in 1659 m. Jannetie, dr. of Hildebrand Pietersen, of Amsterdam; in which year Jannetie's brother, Pieter Hillebrands, was captured by Indians at Esopus, but this did not deter her from removing there with her hus. Before going from H. he sold some of his effects, and his w. bought "a little bed," etc. at Sneden's sale. Le Sueur's sr. Jeanne went with them to Esopus, and there m. Cornelis Viervant, with whom she returned to H. Le Sueur was living in 1669, but on Nov. 30, 1671, his wid. bound out her son Hillebrand, eight years old. He was engaged by the deacons in 1673 to ring the bell at 3 gl. a year. Afterward the wid. m. Antoine Tilba, and by him had chn. also..."

p. 278
John Archer had acquired "a large tract of land between the Harlem River and the Bronx...Archer began by leasing his land in parcels of 20 to 24 acres, to such persons as would undertake to clear and cultivate it (and with each a house and lot in the village), all upon easy terms; so that in the years 1668 and 1669 a good number of the Harlem people were led to go there. The "new plantation" was given the name of Fordham...
The annexed list of leases executed by Archer at Harlem show who took up farms at Fordham. Nearly all subsequently left and got land of their own elsewhere...
May 1, 1669 Cornelis A. Viervant Term 5 years from Aug. 31, 1668."

p. 308
"On Oct. 11th, 1671, John Archer executed at Harlem sundry new leases for farms at Fordham, viz.: to Hendrick Kiersen, Aert Pietersen Buys, and Cornelis Viervant; making the rent payable to Cornelis Steenwyck, of New York..."

p. 436
"Resolved Waldron and Johannes Vermilye, the guardians of Cornelia Viervant, offered at auction, Jan. 16th, 1684, a horse left by her late father, but did not succeed in selling it, only 37 gl. being bid. It was afterward bought for 120 gl. by Jan Postmael (the Post ancestor), who at the same time, March 3d, hired 3 cows left by Viervant, for six years, for half the increase.
CORNELIS ARENTS VIERVANT was a native of Lexmont, in the Land of Vianen, Utrecht. He m. at Kingston in 1668, Jeanne Le Sueur, sr. of François, the Lozier anc., and d. at Fordham, in 1675, leaving an only ch. Cornelia. She m. William Innis, of Kingston, a son, we suspect of Rev. Alexander Innis, chaplain at N. Y., in 1686. William Innis had chn. Alexander, b. 1694, Cornelius, 1696, etc. Desc. are yet found."


From the Court Minutes of Esopus (now Kingston, NY):

Page 278, 2 Mar 1666
Harmen Hendericks requests in a petition,...Also that Francois Le Cheer may also for the last two years assist in contributing towards the preacher's salary,...
To which is replied: ...also that Frncois Le Cheer shall assist in contributing one-third of the last two years...

Page 357, 29 Jun/9 Jul 1667
...Jannetje Hillebrants, wife of Francois LeCheer, delares having heard at the house of Henderick Martensen, he being about to depart, that Hendrick Jochemsen should have said, "Why should not Beeckman's son watch as well as my son?" not knowing to whom Hederick Jochemsen should have said the same...

Page 366, 1 Nov 1667

Schout Beeckman, Plaintiff
vs. Francoys Le Schier, Defendant
Plaintiff says that defendant has behaved very badly agaianst Michiel Verbruggen, and has badly pushed and beaten him, and has hurt his ribs, on which account he has lodged a complaint, and demands a fine, in consequence of 100 gldrs. Defendant admits having beaten Michiel Verbrugge with a stick so that he fell to the ground. The hon. court orders defendant, for his insolence committed against Michiel Verbrugge, to pay a fine of 50 gldrs.

Page 371, 8 Nov 1667, New Style

Michiel Verbrugh, Plaintiff
vs. Francoys Le Schier, Defendant
Plaintiff demands payment for doctor's fee, pain, and lost time for seven days, on account of the maltreatment committed against him without reasons. Also demands wages for having taken care of the cows, alone, for seven days at six gldrs. per day. Defendant also demands proof of his having killed Hend. Aertsen's calf, of which plaintiff accuses him. Plaintiff says that he did not say that he killed said calf, but that he hung up the pieces of a skin. Defendant agrees to prove his assertion. Plaintiff is ordered to bring in a specified account of the doctor's bill at the next session.

Source:  Versteeg, Dingman (trans.), New York Historical Manuscripts:  Dutch, Kingston Papers, Vol. I (1661-1667), original translation 1899, Samuel Oppenheim's revision of Vol. I pub. 1912, Baltimore, MD:  Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976.


Footnotes

[1] Note from R. R. Hoes:  The present Lexmond, in the Province of South Holland, S. W. of Vianen; spelled Lecxmonde by Blaeu, and Lexmunde and Lexmonde by van Leeuwen.
[2] Note from R. R. Hoes:  The present Harlem , in N. Y. City.
[3] I have found no primary sources to support this and am skeptical about François and Eustache being brothers. MB


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