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#14183, (say 1620 - 26 February 1643)
Relationship7th great-grandmother of Nelle Belle Bridges


Dirck Straatemaker b. s 1616, d. 1643
Child 1.Jan Dircksen Straatemaker+1 (c 1642 - )
Her married name was Straatemaker.1 
Birth*say 1620She was born say 1620. 
Marriage*circa 1641She married Dirck Straatemaker circa 1641.1 
circa 1642She and Dirck Straatemaker migrated to New NetherlandG circa 1642 (poss. with their son, Jan Dircksen.)2 
Death*26 February 1643She died on 26 February 1643 at Bergen, New Netherland.1 
ChartsAncestors of Nelle Belle Bridges


  1. [S1346] Charles H. Winfield, History of the County of Hudson, New Jersey (New York: Kennard & Hay, 1874), 40–41. Following the Communipaw or Pavonia Massacre of 25 Feb 1643:
    Dirck Straatmaker, in company with some Englishmen and his wife, who had a baby in her arms, came at an early hour upon the bloody field for the purpose of plunder. The surviving Indians, who now saw the soldiers filing off toward their boats, while the others tarried, fired upon Straatmaker's party, with what result the following certificate will show:
    "We, the undersigned, sergeant, corporal, and soldiers, at the request of the Attorney General, attest that on the — February, 1643, in the morning, after we had beaten a party of savages at Pavonia, behind Egbert Wouterssen's, the wife of Dirck Straatmaker, with a few Englishmen, arrived on the spot where the slain were lying, with a view to plunder maize or any other article. We declare solemnly we warned said Dirck Straatmaker and his wife and told them to go home, to which Dirck replied, 'There is no danger. If there were a hundred savages, none of them would hurt us.' Upon which the undersigned left the spot, according to their orders, to go to the house of Egbert. When they arrived there they heard a shriek; then the sergeant ordered some of his soldiers toward the spot, where they found Dirck, aforesaid, wounded (who died a while after of his wounds), and his wife dead. The soldiers saved the English, who had only one gun amongst them all.
    "Thomas Willet declared that Dirck aforesaid, being asked, 'Why did you not come with us when we warned?' answered,
    'I might have well escaped by running, but I did not wish to leave my poor wife.'
    "All which the undersigned declare to be true. Done 18th May, 1643, in New Netherlands.
    "Juriaen Rodolf, Sergeant,
    "Peter Petersen, Corporal,
    "Thomas Willet.''
    Footnote: "[The baby] was saved. He was named Jan Dircksen Straatmaker. Shortly afterward he was bound by the authorities in New Amsterdam to Claes Teunissen, with whom he had, on Feb. 28, 1659, been living for sixteen years. He was then in his seventeenth year. Minutes of the Orphan's Court, New Amst., 96. He must, therefore, have been very young at the time of the massacre. It is probable that from him came the family of that name which for a long time lived in Hoboken. He married Geesje Gerrits, Jan. 14, 1665."
    For more on this massacre, see http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/indianwars/articles/…
  2. [S1344] Howard S. F. Randolph, "Tryntje Jacobs and Her Four Husbands", The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 56:3 (Jul 1925): p. 262. "We do not know when Dirck Stratenmaker and his wife came to this country, but we do know that they had land at Communipaw and lived there....the fact that there is no record of [their son Jan's] baptism at New Amsterdam suggests that they might have been recent arrivals."