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Origins of the Van Der Veer Name
The name itself means of the ferry or of the village of Veere.
Dutch dictionaries also refer veer as meaning feather, but I have seen no surname references using it in that context.
Veere, Zeeland, The Netherlands, which was once the location of a Roman fort
and is now named for a ferry that was established at it's present location. This village is commonly associated with the Van Der Veer name.
De Kampveersche Toren or The Campveere Tower
is pictured at right and named after Campveere, as Veere was known as in 1281 for a ferry that sailed to Campum on the other side of the lake.
I visited Veere in Sept 2001, a definite must see for anyone traveling to The Netherlands.
Wolfert Van Borsselen, 1st Lord of Veere
, born about 1245 is the earliest reference to the
name I have found.. The name Van der Veer or Van Veer as a surname appears with the birth of his children.
In the early 1800's, Napoleon took possession of The Netherlands
and required all Dutch to have surnames. While much of the country had
already assumed surnames, many of the people of Friesland resisted using
surnames until imposed upon by Napoleon. Many assumed names of where they
were at the time, using the 'van der' meaning 'of the' and an object or
location, as in a ferry, therefore van der Veer or of the village of
Veere. I have spoken with several van der Veer or v.d. Veer (current common usage) families
who emigrated from Friesland to South Africa and Australia who have indicated that their family name
was adopted during the Napoleonic time. The van der Veer name is somewhat common in The Netherlands and appears to be adopted rather than originating with The Lords of Veere.
The family coat-of-arms or Het Familiewapen depicted in the upper left is of unknown origin and is supposedly registered
with the Heraldry office in Dordrecht, Holland, I have not not been able to confirm this however. My understanding of coat-of-arms
in The Netherlands was many times nothing more that a family seal for the purposes of family business identification and may not have
been registered as heraldry as such. I have also heard that this coat-of-arms may have been derived from the seal of the Van Scaghen family, a family related
to the Van Borsellen family.
The coat-of-arms is described as:
Interpretation of Het Familiewapen
- The arms art: Argen (silver or white)
- Three fir trees ( natural color, green)
- In the middle chief ( a terfoil, three leaf clover with stem, red)
- Crest on the cap of dignity (red turned up ermine)
- A wolf's head of gold torn off (erased)
The Latin inscription "Aut Inveniam Aut Faciam"
- Terfoil denotes some action in the defense of the Trinity had been performed by him to whom the Arms were first granted.
- The cap of dignity in crest denotes the family to have been of noble origin.
- The wolfs head in heraldry denotes courage and determination.
The family coat of arms in the upper left was drawn by Henk (Hendrik) vd Veer of the Netherlands
- English translation "What we undertake we do".
- Dutch translation "Wat we ondernemen doen we"
The family coat of arms in the upper right is related to the `s Gravenhage Van der Veer family Reference
Some of the Van Der Veer related books and articles in my possession
Links to other Van Der Veer research related sites
Gayle Brown's Research on the Vandeveers of Miami Co, Ohio
Alice Stipak Maria Vanderveer Page
The Vanderford Family
A special thanks to
Jeffery van der Veer and
Marcel van der Veer
of The Netherlands who have provided clarification of Dutch language and customs.
Marcel is also the author of Algol68G, a lean, orthogonal general-purpose programming language.
The Van Der Veer name took many spellings variations
once in America and generally descends from four individuals who emigrated
to America from the Netherlands; Pieter
Corneliuszen Van Der Veer was in America by 1653, Jacob
Vanderveer was in New Amsterdam by 1655, Michael Paul Vandervoot was in New Amstersdam in 1640, and
Cornelius Janszen Van Der Veer arrived in 1659.
Louis Joriszen Van Der Veer
From Genealogical notes of NY and New England Families by S.V. Talcott.
Louis Joriszen Van Der Veer who married Neeltje Douw on 9 Jan 1650 in NY but doesn't appear to have any children.
From the Marriages at the RDC of New Amsterdam (New York)
1650 09 Jan; Lovis Joriszen, jm van der veer in Zeelt; Neeltje Douwens, wid van Jan Janszen van Ditzmarsen.
1654 20 May; Lowys Lanszen van Ysendyck; Aeltje Douwens, wid van Leuwis Joriszen
Pieter Corneliszen Van Der Veer or Van Der Veen b. bef 1632
Born in Holland, he arrived in America before Sep 1653 and died here.
He purchased property in Oct 1663 which was located on Pearl St. on Manhattan Island, New York.
Pieter was appointed along with Jacob Cowenhoven on Sept 10th, 1653 in the case Steinmets vs Capt Verlath, to balance the accounts of the case.
ref: N.J. HISTORICAL SOCIETY MAGAZINE 1916. "1 Jan 1662 [not. Nic. Kruys, 1842/437]. Cornelis Alders van de Veen gives power of attorney to Govert Loockerman to claim the inheritance of his son Pieter Cornelisz van der Veen, deceased in New Netherland."
I have been unable to locate any known descendants of him.
From the records of "Baptisms at the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam (1639-1730)
29 Jun 1659; Pieter Corn. Van der Vers; Catharyn; Govert Loockermans, Cornelia
Jacob Jacobsen Vanderveer b.~1630 d. 30 Mar 1699
Jacob's will dated 15 Apr 1698, prv 1699
Jacob Vanderveer is believed to have been born in The Netherlands
about ~1630. When and how he arrived in America is unknown as well as his
parentage in The Netherlands. His wife Catherina, states in later years
the she has been in the country as long as Jacob, since 1656. He was in
New Amsterdam in 1655 and married to Catherina Brassert, who on 3 Oct 1655,
baptised their daughter Elizabeth in the Reformed Church of New Amsterdam.
In 1660, he was a Sergeant stationed at Ft Altena, previously known as
the Swedish fort Ft Christina, located in what is now known as the Wilmington,
Delaware area. During that year he requested that he be discharged so that
he might return to The Netherlands. However, on 8 April 1661, Gov Stuyvesant
granted him a lot located near Ft Altena. In 1684, Jacob was awarded another
land grant near the Brandywine Village settlement (Wilmington,Del). Later
he acquired a land patent to an island and the family ran a ferry from
this area for some years. In 1683, Cornelius and Jacob, assuming this to
be the brothers and Jacob's sons, took the Oath of Allegiance to the English
Crown. Some lines of this family use the VANDIVER spelling today.
m. ~1655 to Catherina Jans Brassert, born in Sweden ,bur. 9 Feb 1720
They had the following known children.
- Elizabeth c. 03 Oct 1655
- Henry c. 21 Jan 1657 note: no mention of Henry in Jacob's will of 1698
b. bef 1662 d. 4 Nov 1726
- m aft 1693 Catharina Zutphin bur. 1 Dec 1716
ch. Magdalena, Cathrina, Jacob, and Maria
- m 12 Dec 1717 Cattrain Fossen , widow of Stephen Tussey
ch. William b. 11 Feb 1720, John b. 11 Jan 1722, Hendrick b. 13 Jan 1725
b. ~1658 d. 18 Feb 1713 will 18 Dec 1712 prv 18 Feb 1713
m. ~1681 Margaretta ?? b. ?? d. aft 8 Dec 1727
- William b. ~1656 d. 8 Oct 1718
m. Alice Smith b. 1669 d. 13 Mar 1732 dau. Francis Smith of Kennet, Chester
Alice remarried to Samuel Kirk, 8 Jan 1720
- Helena b. ~1660 d. 1721 m. ~1693 Zacharias Derrickson/Dedrickson/Didriksson
in New Castle, DE
ch. Zacharias b.bef 25 jan 1713
- Judith b. ~1660 m. ~1693 Michael Homman in New Castle,DE
- John b. bef 1664 d. bef 24 Jun 1699
m. ~1693 [Judith]
ch. one child named Judith d. 16 Jun 1721 m. 5 Jan 1716 Jonas Stallcop
d. 15 Apr 1730 ch. Johan, Annika, Carl, Jonas
Jonas Stallcop remarries Helena and has children named Elizabeth, Israel,
From the records of the Baptisms at the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam (1639-1730)
03 Oct 1655; Jacob Van der Veer, Catharina Brassert; Elisabeth; Jan Adamszen-Metselaer,
21 Jan 1657; Jacob Van der Veer, Catharina Jans; Hendrick; Christiaen Niesen,
There has been speculations that Jacob Vanderveer is related
to the Van Der Veers of Long Island and Somerset, NJ, however, I have found
no supporting evidence to indicate that there was any connection between
the two families in America at least prior to the 1850's.
Michael Paulus Vandervoort b.~1615 d. Sep 1692
He was born in Dermont, Flanders, Holland about 1615 and died Sep 1692 in Talbot County, Maryland.
On Aug 26, 1640, he married Marritje Joris Rapelje b. 11 MAR 1626/27 in New Amsterdam, daughter of Joris Janszen Rapalje and Catalina Jeronimus Trico.
They had the following children:
Michael is believed to arrived in New Amsterdam prior to 1640 and sold most of his New York holdings in 1658 & 1659 , moving to Maryland in 1660.
Several of the descendents of this family are believed to have began using Vanderford, Vandervour, Vandeveer, Vanderveer, and Vandiver
- Michael Vandervoort b. 1642 Kings Co, NY d. ~1692 m ~1661 Christine Schaup
- Josyntje Vandervoort b. ~1643 Kings Co, NYd. bef 1647
- Josyntje Cosine Suzanna Vandervoort b. ~1647 d. after 1692 m John Jackson in Maryland
- Paul Michael Vandervoort b. ~1649 d. Jun 2, 1681 Kings Co, NY m. Lysbeth Dirckszen
- John Michael Vandervoort b. 2 dec 1650 Kings Co, NY d. aft 1683 Neeltje Harmens
- Catherine Vandervoort b. ~1651 d. Aug 24, 1749 m. Arthur Emory and./or Edmund Prior
- Maria Michaelse Vandervoort b. ~1653 Kings Co, NY d. aft 1661
- Hendrick Michaelse Vandervoort b. ~1655 Kings Co, NY d.bef 1661
- George Paul Vandervoort b. ~1656 d. bef 1715 Kings Co, NY m. Elenor Hollingsworth
Michael Paul Vandervoort's wife Marritje Joris Rapeltje was grandaunt to Femmetje Bergen, wife of Jan Cornelius Vanderveer
Cornelius Janszen Van Der Veer b. 1622 or ~1642 d. bef 22 Feb 1703
aka Cornelius de Seeuw, Cornelius de Zeeuw, Cornelius Dominicus
He is believed to have departed Amsterdam and arrived in America on Feb 17, 1659 on the ship De Otter , taking up residence in Midwout, what is now Flatbush, NY.
On 13 Jun 1661 Cornelius was one of six persons who petitioned Gov Stuyvesant for a patent of land, who authorized a survey.
In Feb 1678 he purchased a farm in Flatbush for about 2600 guilders.
In 1683 The Assement Roll of Midwout lists him as having 100 acres.
This land became known as the 26th and 32nd ward of Brooklyn and was owned by his descendents until 1906.
The Vanderveer Park addition was the last remaining section of the original property and is located near Brooklyn College.
He and his son-in-law Daniel Polhemus, erected a grist mill on Fresh Kill in Flatbush, later known as Vanderveer Mills, which came into the hands of his son Dominicus, and later his grandson Cornelius.
He died in Feb, 1703 in Flatbush, NY. Most descendants of this line favors the VANDERVEER spelling, with a line in Kentucky and Indiana using VANDIVIER. There is also some minor branches of the Kentucky Vandiviers that uses the VANDIVER spelling.
In 1672, he married Tryntje De Manderville b.1654 in Guildeland, Holland, daughter of
Gillis De Manderville and Eltje Hendrickson.
She died in Flatbush, NY. She arrived the America in 1659 with her parents.
Different records refer to her father leaving Holland 12 Feb 1659 on the ship De Trouw ( Faith)
or arriving on Apr 1659 on the Moesman (The Market Gardener). A ship listing of the Moesman in Apr 1659 show Gillis Mandeville as a passenger.
They had the following children:
- Cornelius Van Der Veer b.~1673
- Neeltje Van Der Veer, born in Flatbush, Kings, NY. m. 13 Aug 1685 Daniel Polhemus b~1662 d. ~1730 in Flatbush, NY
- Dominicus Van Der Veer b.~1679 d. 1755 New Utrech, NY
- Jan Cornelise
Van Der Veer, b. ~1671 Flatbush, NY d. 23 Nov 1732 in Flatbush,
NY m. Femmetje Bergen
- Jacobus Cornelise Van Der Veer, b. 20 Oct 1686 in Flatbush, Kings,
- Michael Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY [m. Beletje ]
- Martje Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and christened 30 Jul
1682 d. ~1718 m. 1699 John Dorlant
ch. John Darland Oct 1707, Joris Darland b. Apr 1711, Issac Darland b.
Apr 1717 all in Brooklyn, Richmond, NY
- Hendrickje [Cornelissen] Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and
christened 7 May or 27 Aug, 1684. m.(1)Issac Remsen [ (2) Johanus Wyckoff.]
- Jacoba Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and christened 20 Apr
1686. m. Jan Van Kovenhoven [ d. Monmonth, NJ ]
- Pieter Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY
Origins of Cornelius Janszen Van Der Veer
The origins of Cornelius Van der Veer has been disputed for some time,
one version based on the book "The Van
Der Veer Family in the Netherlands" by Louis P. DeBoer - Published 1913
and work by John J. Van Der Veer in 1912, which indicates that Cornelius came
from Allkmaar, Holland, The Netherlands. While DeBoer's book is a good match for the movements of the Dutch people during
the colonial period, the connection to the Van Borsselen family is probably optimistic.
Curious is that the village of Borssele is just a few miles from Kloetinge where the second opinion indicates he's from.
The second opinion is that he was called
Cornelius Jansz Dominicus based on a document from Dordrecht, The Netherlands dated 20 Jun 1706.
This document states that Dominicus Domincussen Van Der Veer of Midwout, New York is to recover monies owed his father Cornelius Dominicus from a brother named Jacob Dominicus living near the city of Goes.
Clearly within this document it refers to Cornelius Van Der Veer's family in New York and lists him as using the name Cornelius Dominicus and Cornelius Leeuw.
Cornelius used the name Cornelius De Seeuw on several occasions in New York, but the use of Leeuw is somewhat of a question since that translates to Cornelius Lion and Cornelius Seeuw translates to Cornelius of Zeeland. S & Z are used interchangeably in Dutch documents, which explains the translation disparity. Zeeland is a providence in southern part of the Netherlands, containing the villages of Veere, Kloetinge, Goes, Wemeldinge, and Borssele, all of which have been associated with the Van Der Veer and Dominicus names. From other unconfirmed references I have recently found, Cornelius Dominicus of Kloetinge, did have a brother Jacob Dominucus of whom was selling land on Cornelius Dominicus's behalf.
In several land transactions dated 19 May 1957, 22 Jun 1657, 15 Feb 1658, and 22 Mar 1658, Jacob is taking care the property of Cornelis who is listed as out of the country and in one reference to a land transaction dated 15 Feb 1658 in Wemeldinge, it refers to Cornelius being out to the county and his property heavily in debt. This may have prompted him to leave for Niew Amsterdam to seek his fortune. I have yet to find a record to indicate where Cornelius Dominicus left for or where Cornelis was between 19 May 1657 and until his arrival in New Amsterdam in Feb 1659. There was an article in the Albany Times Union written in 1935, referring to Cornelius in which he and his brother ? were enroute to America, when they became shipwrecked and was rescued by a Spanish ship. They were held for
ransom, and were returned to Holland upon their release. Based on the info I have, having a brother with him is not supported, but if Cornelius was held for some time, it would explain his absence between 1657 and 1659.
Veere was a major shipping port at that time and is approx 25 miles away from Kloetinge and therefore quite possible that Cornelius Dominicus adopted Van Der Veer in favor of Dominicus in Niew Amsterdam.
He may also be related to Maryn Adriansz van der Veere, an early Niew Amsterdam settler of some notoriety who appears to have ties to the Dominicus family in the Wemeldinge area.
Dominicus Family Genealogy
Excerpt of Genealogie de Heren van Borselen, door A.W.E. Dek, Zaltbommel, 1979
Passenger list of the ship De Otter landing 17 Feb 1659 from Amsterdam to Nieuw Amsterdam
Captain Cornelius Reyers Van Der Beets
Carel de Beauvois, from Leyden, wife and three children, 3, 6, and 8 years old
Marten Warnarts Stoltin, from Swoll
Cornelius Jansen Van Der Veer, farmer
Jan Luycas, shoemaker, from Oldenzeel, wife and young child
Roeloff Dircxsz, from Sweden
Sweris Dircxsz, from Sweden
ref: Year Book of The Holland Society of New York 1902
About this site and database
This site originally started a web site for my immediate family. However in the course of researching my family, other family lines of the same name began to confuse the picture. To alleviate this I began entering the other family lines. As a unexpected side benefit, folks began sending and exchanging info containing much more than I could ever find on my own. Consequently, this site is the work of hundreds of people, both researchers and just the curious. While I can take credit or blame for maintaining the site, all of you that have taken the time to send me the details and corrections, deserve all the credit.
The database on this site contains just about any reference to Van Der Veer variations I have ran across,
related to my immediate line or not. I enter nearly all except for obviously singular living people with no known ancestral ties.
Much of this info has been be derived from email that has been sent to me, monitoring the various discussion groups, and by searching the internet.
This database does include diverging families branches of the Long Island VanDerVeers who descend from Cornelius Janszen Dominicus VanDerVeer, of which my family descends. When possible, these diverging families are taken back to their emigrant ancestors and to living individuals whose ancestors married into the Long Island VanDerVeers.
The information that I list here is based on collection of many sources and consensus of information and consistent reasonable dating, not necessarily on actual physical evidence, please bear that in
mine. Much of this information is old, passed down in records that are subject to interpretation. Bad hand writing, deterioration of papers, wishful thinking, and sometimes intentional misleading information muddles the picture. With enough pieces though, the truth of the picture will form itself. If you have something to contribute, a related web page you would like linked, or a feature you would like included, please contact me.
Many thanks to all of you that have sent me the immense volume of email, files, and corrections.