The Vandelinda Family of Bergen County

Pieter Linde was a native of Belle, a town on the road from Bruges to Ghent in Flanders. He was a physician, and came to America in 1639 with his wife, Elsie Barents. The shipping records show that, on April 18, 1639, he paid to David Pietersen de Vries and Frederick Pietersen de Vries 140 Carolus gelders ($56) for passage for himself and wife to New Amsterdam, where he settled and followed his profession until the death of his wife in 1643. On July 1, of the following year (1644), he entered into a marriage contract with Martha Chambers, or Ekomberts, of New Kerek, in Flanders. She was the widow of John Manje or Monnye. The marriage knot was tied July 10, 1644, at New Amsterdam. After this marriage Vandelinde removed to Brooklyn, where he became the owner of the patent of his wife’s first husband. This he sold January 23, 1652, to Barent Joosten. He owned several other pieces of property, both at Brooklyn and New Amsterdam, and in 1655 was tobacco inspector of the latter city. After Linde‘s death his descendants assumed the name of Van der Linde.

His son, Joost Van der Linde, removed to Bergen, New Jersey, in the fall of 1670, where, on January 30, 1671, he bought about 90 acres of land of Pieter Jansen Slote between Constable’s Hook and Bergen Point. Here he resided until his death. His children of the third generation were John (died in 1696), Roelof, Jannetie (married Peter Laurens Van Buskirk), Hendricke (married Laurens Laurens Van Buskirk), and Machtelt (married Albert Zabriskie). All of these except John removed to Bergen County. Roelof resided with his father at Bergen, where, on October 2, 1682, he married Susanna Hendricks Brinkerhoff. He removed to Hackensack in 1686, where he helped to organize and became a member of the Dutch church. He became joint owner with his brothers-in-law, Laurence and Peter Van Buskirk, in the New Hackensack patented lands, and also bought of the New Jersey proprietors large tracts of wild land west of the Pascack River in Washington and Mildland Townships in Bergen County. His first wife having died in 1700, he married (2) Rachel Cresson, widow of John Peters Durie, who survived him, but by whom he had no issue. He was a man of wealth, and died in New York City early in 1709, leaving a will dated September 6, 1708, proved February 13, 1709. His issue of the fourth generation were Peter, Henry, Olassie [Classie?], Maritie, Sophia, and Geesie.

Peter, by the will of his father, received his father’s plantation of New Hackensack, and Henry all the lands on the Pascack and Saddle Rivers, in the northern part of the county. Hendrick resided at Polidy, below Hackensack. The numerous descendants of Peter and Henry (4) have become scattered over a large area of territory, including Bergen and Hudson Counties.

Source: Harvey, Cornelius Burnham, Editor; Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, New York: The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900.

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