Catalyntje Trico Rapalje1

#12052, (circa 1605 - )


Juris Jansen Rapalje b. s 1600
Children 1.Sarah Rapalje+1 (1625 - )
 2.Marretje Rapalje6 (1627 - )
 3.Jannetje Rapalje7 (1629 - )
 4.Janneken Rapalje8 (1635 - )
 5.Jan Jorisen Rapalje7 (1637 - 1662)
 6.Jacob Rapalje7 (1639 - )
 7.Catalyntje Rapalje7 (1641 - b 1702)
 8.Jeronymus Rapalje7 (1643 - )
 9.Annetje Rapalje7 (1646 - )
 10.Elizabeth Rapalje7 (1648 - )
 11.Daniel Rapalje7 (1650 - )
Birth*circa 1605She was born circa 1605 at Paris, France.2,1 
1624She and Juris Jansen Rapalje migrated to New NetherlandG from Amsterdam aboard the Eendracht [Unity or Concord] in 1624.3 
Marriage*1623/24She married Juris Jansen Rapalje, son of ____ Rapalje and ____ _____, in 1623/24.4 
Baptism9 August 1645She sponsored the baptism of Lucas Jansen on 9 August 1645 at Reformed Dutch Church, New Amsterdam, New Netherland.5 


  1. [S1168] George E. McCracken, "Catalyntje Trico Rapalje", The American Genealogist 35:4 (October 1959): p. 194, "a sufficient number of instances appear in the Dutch manuscript records in which Catalyntje is recorded as Catalyntje Jeronymus to make it certain that her father was named Jeronymus in Dutch or Jerôme in French." He cites Allaben who has Joris Jansen de Rapalje and Catalina, dau. of Joris Trico of Paris, France.
  2. [S1170] E. B. O'Callaghan, editor, The Documentary History of the State of New York (Albany: Weed, Parsons & Co. (Vols. I, II, III); Charles Van Benthuysen (Vol. IV), 1849–1851), III:32: "Catelyn Trico aged about 83 years born in Paris doth Testify and Declare that in ye year 1623 she came into this Country wth a Ship called ye Unity whereof was Commander Alien Jorise belonging to ye West India Company being ye first Ship yt came here for ye sd Company; as soon as they came to Mannatans now called N: York they sent Two families & six men to Harford River & Two families & 8 men to Delaware River and 8 men they left att N: Yorke to take Possession and ye Rest of ye Passengers went wth ye Ship up as farr as Albany which they then Called fort Orangie When as ye Ship came as larr as far as Sopus which is ½ way to Albanie ; they lightned ye Ship wth some boats yt were left there by ye Dutch that had been there ye year before a tradeing wth ye Indians upont there oune accompts & gone back again to Holland & so brought ye vessel up; there were about 18 families aboard who settled themselves att Albany & made a small fort ; and as soon as they had built themselves some hutts of Bark: ye Mahikanders or River Indians, y Maquase : Oneydes : Onnondages Cayougas. & Sinnekes, wth ye Mahawawa or Ottawawaes Indians came & made Covenants of friendship wth ye sd Arien Jorise there Commander Bringing him great Presents of Bever or oyr Peltry & desyred that they might come & have a Constant free Trade with them wch was concluded upon & ye sd nations came dayly with great multidus of Bever & traded them wth ye Christians, there sd Commmr Arien Jorise staid with them all winter and sent his sonne home with ye ship; ye sd Deponent lived in Albany three years all which time ye sd Indians were all as quiet as Lambs & came & Traded with all ye freedom Imaginable, in ye year 1626 ye Deponent came from Albany & settled at N: Yorke where she lived afterwards for many years and then came to Long Island where she now lives.
    The sd Catelyn Trico made oath of ye sd Deposition
    before me at her house on Long Island in ye Wale
    Bought this 17th day of October 1688.
    Justice of ye pece."
  3. [S1169] Charlotte Wilcoxen, "Ships and Work Boats of New Netherland, 1609-1674", A Beautiful and Fruitful Place (1991): 54–55, "A record of the West India company dated March 28, 1624, notes that “the colonists going to New Netherland for the Chamber of Amsterdam will be mustered tomorrow.“12 A sequel to this entry shows that on March 30, 1624, a special manifesto was formally read to colonists preparing to sail on the ship Nieuw Nederlandt.13 Wassenaer, in his Historisch Verhael, says that the Nieuw Nederlandt was a vessel of 130 lasts (about 260 tons); her skipper, Comelis Jacobsen Mey. He also declares that it was this ship that brought over the thirty families of Walloons who have generally been accepted as the first bona fide colonists (that is, complete families) to New Netherland. Since both of these contemporary sources support the claim that this group came on the Nieuw Nederlandt in 1624, the matter would seem to be settled, but many years later, in 1688, one of these Walloon refugees, Catelina Trico, at the age of 83 deposed that she came on d’Eendracht (Unity) in 1623.14 This has muddied the issue of what ship brought these first settlers, and the claims for both have been carefully examined and reported on by two well-known historians of the Dutch in America, CA. Weslager and Arnold J.F. van Laer.15
    12 Arnold J.F. van Laer, Documents Relating to New Netherland 1624-1626 (San Marino, California: The Henry E. HuntingtonLibraryand Art Gallery, 1924),xiv.
    13 Ibid.
    14 "'Deposition of Catelijn Trico, October 17,1688, at her home on Long Island at the Wallabout before William Morris, Justice of the Peace”’ New York Colonial Manuscripts, New York State Archives, 35: 182.
    15 C. A. Weslager, Dutch Explorers, Traders and Settlers in the Delaware Valley (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1961), 50-51.
  4. [S1029] Teunis G. Bergen, The Bergen Family or the Descendants of Hans Hansen Bergen (Albany, N. Y.: Joel Munsell, 1876), 24, "probably married before the [1623/24] voyage (although the ceremony may have been performed after his arrival, having no date of the same)." Other reliable sources do not give a date. Packrat-pro ( uses 21 Jan 1623/4, just before sialing on 25 Jan 1623/4. Other souces (without citation) place the marriage at the Walloon Church in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  5. [S1171] Thomas Grier Evans, editor, Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam and New York: Baptisms From 1639 to 1730 (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1901), p. 19. Lucas, son of Claes Janszen [mother not named], bapt. 9 Aug 1645; sponsors Aeltje Cornelis, Catalyn Rappalje.
  6. [S1029] Teunis G. Bergen, The Bergen Family, p. 72, footnote: "Michiel Pauluzen (Vandervoort), m. Marretje, daughter of Joris Jansen Rapalie, consequently a brother-in-law of Hans Hansen."
  7. [S1168] George E. McCracken, "Catalyntje Trico Rapalje", p. 196, with note 1 on p. 200, "Birth dates in this list appear in Manuscript B1 at the New-York Historical Society and are transcribed from a photostat thereof, not from Allaben's transcript. Though the document appears to be old, the handwriting is not, in my opinion, older then the eighteenth century."
  8. [S1029] Teunis G. Bergen, The Bergen Family, p. 72, footnote: "Janneken Rapalje was a sister of Sara, Hanse's wife, and wife of Pieter Van Nest."