William Ennes and Cornelia Viervant
William Ennes is believed to be the son of Alexander and Catherine Innes. (Click here for an explanation about his parents.) He was probably born in Massachusetts or Rhode Island. William married Cornelia Viervant in or before 1694 in New York. Cornelia was born in Kingston, Ulster, New York to Cornelius Arentsen Viervant and Jeanne Le Sueur. She is reported to be an only child. Cornelia and her parents moved from Kingston to Harlem and later Fordham, New York. Here, her father died and Cornelia's guardians were Resolved Waldron and Johannes Vermilye.
William died between 1712-1717. Cornelia then married Lambert Brink 10 May 1717 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. Cornelia and her second husband were still alive in 1741 when they acted as witnesses for the baptism of the younger William Ennes' daughter, Cornelia. Also, Lambert Brinck is shown settling in Sussex County, New Jersey in 1746-48. (Snell, p. 27)
William and Cornelia had:
1. Alexander Ennis, baptized 18 Nov 1694 in Kingston, Ulster, New York, probably died before 1709.
2. Cornelius Ennis, baptized 6 Sep 1696 in Kingston, Ulster, New York, probably died before 1698.
3. Cornelius Ennis, born in Marbletown, Ulster, New York, baptized 8 May 1698 in Kingston, Ulster, New York, married Marytjen Van Etten (the daughter of Jan van Etten and Jannetje Roosa) 9 Oct 1719 in Kingston, Ulster, New York.
4. Catherine Ennis, baptized 20 Apr 1701 in Kingston, Ulster, New York.
5. Jannetje Ennis, baptized 17 Jul 1703 in Kingston, Ulster, New York, probably died before 1706.
6. Jannetje Ennis, born in Marbletown, Ulster, New York, baptized 18 Aug 1706 in Kingston, Ulster, New York, married Hendrick Kortrecht 6 Nov 1724 in Kingston, Ulster, New York.
7. Alexander Ennis, born in Marbletown, Ulster, New York, baptized 18 Sep 1709 in Kingston, Ulster, New York, married Zara Middag in 1734 in Kingston, Ulster, New York.
8. William Ennes, born 10 Jan 1711 in Marbletown, Ulster, New York, baptized 27 Jan 1712 in Kingston, Ulster, New York, married Elizabeth Quick 18 May 1739, served as a private in New York during the American Revolution, will proved 1804, buried in the De Schmidt Burial-Ground, Sandyton, Sussex, New Jersey.
Lambert and Cornelia had:
8. Henderickjen Brink, baptized 15 Dec 1717 in Kingston, Ulster, New York, married Benjamin Davis 2 Jul 1736 in Kingston, Ulster, New York.
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. Snell, James P., The History of Warren and Sussex Counties, New Jersey, 1881.
4. Riker, James, Harlem: its origin and early annals, New York, 1881, p. 436.
Records of Baptisms of the Reformed Church at Kingston, Ulster, NY
Page Number Baptism Number Baptism Date Parents Child Witnesses 44 835 1694 William Annis Alexander (No witnesses named.) 18 Nov. Cornelia Viervant 48 923 1696 William Ennis Cornelis Jannetje Ennis. 6 Sept. Cornelia Veervant 53 1034 1698 Willem Ennis Cornelis Geertruy Pieters. 8 May Cornelia Post 62 1235 1701 William Ennis Catharina Jan Janssen Post. 20 April Cornelia Viervand Antje Post. 69 1408 1703 William Ennis Jannetje Abraam Post. 17 July Cornelia Veervand Antje Post. 77 1583 1706 William Mines Jannetje Jan Pearson. 18 Aug. Cornelia Mines Antie Pearson. 87 1801 1709 Willem Annist Alexander Thomas Herris. 18 Sept. Cornelia Viervant Catharyn Honnist. 97 2020 1712 Wilhem Ennes Wilhem Wiljam West. 27 Jan. Cornelia Vier-Vant Mary West. 120 2537 1717 Lammert Brink Henderikjen Jan Biks. 15 Dec. Cornelia Vuur-brand Eva Brink.
Kingston Marriage Register
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.
Page 536, Marriage # 415
1719 9 Oct.
CORNELIS ENNIS, j. m., born in Mormel (Marbletown), and resid. in Keyser-Ryk (Kyserike),  and MARYTJEN VAN ETTEN, j. d., born in Horly (Hurley), and resid. in Keyser-Ryk. Banns registered, 13 Sept.
Page 546, Marriage # 541
1724 6 Nov.
HENDRIK KORTREGT, j. m., born in Raysester (Rochester), and JANNETJEN ENNES, j. d., born in Mormeltown (Marbletown), and both resid. in Mormeltown. Banns registered, 11 Sept.
Page 566, Marriage # 788
1734 (Date of marriage not given)
ZANDER ENNES, j. m., and ZARA MIDDAG, j. d., both born in Mormel (Marbletown), the bridegroom resid. there, and the bride in Assokan (Shokan).  Banns registered, 15 Sept.
Page 571, Marriage # 832
1736 2 July
BENJAMIN DAVIS, j. m., and HENDRICA GEBRINK, j. d., both resid. in the Co. of Ulster. Married on the presentation of a license of President George Clarke (Acting Gov.)
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).
From Harlem: its origin and early annals,
by James Riker, New York, 1881, 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."
The records of Marbletown, Ulster County, New York, old Reformed Dutch Church show that the forebearer of many of the Ennis families living in America today (maybe "one of the three brothers in the legend" ) was William Ennes.
Excerpts from A Bit About the Ennes,
by Calvin Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, 1969
Grand Daddy of Ennes
WILLIAM ENNES was a farmer of Scot descent who married Cornelia Viervant in the spring of 1693 or 1694 at Kingston, New York.
The records state that in September 1703, two hundred acres of land were deeded him. After his death in 1712, his wife Cornelia married Lambert Brink at (Esopus) Kingston on May 10, 1717 and later moved to the Minisink Region.
Cornelis Arenta Viervant, a native of Lexmont, Land of Vianen, Utrecht (Holland) married, in Kingston (Ulster Co., N.Y.) Jeanne LeSueur, sister of Francois, the Lozier ancestor. He died in 1675 at Fordham, N.Y. leaving one daughter---CORNELIA VIERVANT...
Baptismal records at (Mormel) Marbletown show that William and Cornelia had these children:
Children of William and Cornelia
Alexander, 1st, bp.11-18-1694 -died young
Cornelius, 1st, bp.9-6-1696 -died young
Cornelius, 2nd, bp.1698 -married Marytje Van Etten
Alexander, 2nd, bp.1709 -married Zara Middag
William Jr. born 1-10-1711 -married Elizabeth Quick
 Note from R. R. Hoes: "In the present town of Rochester, Ulster Co., N. Y."
 Note from R. R. Hoes: "In present town of Olive, Ulster Co., N. Y."
 Calvin Ennes felt that William's father was one of three brothers in a legend who left the Erne River Valley in Ireland for Holland, then America. I have found no evidence to support this and, in fact, I and other researchers now feel that his father was Scottish, not Irish (though his mother was probably Irish).
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