In this installment we meet some of Grandma’s more colorful English ancestors, some of whom who ended up in the Bronx, then considered part of Westchester. In the 1640s, Westchester was a border zone between two colonies with very different cultures and politics: New Netherlands and New England. The region even had two opposite names. The Dutch called it “Oostdorp” or “East Village,” because it was their easternmost settlement in the area. To the English trickling in from Connecticut and Long Island, it represented a western outpost, and they called it “Westchester.”[...]
Click on the link, then enlarge on your screen. Grandma’s mother had some colorful people in her tree, including the pirate Thomas Baxter, the scandalous Quaker Herodias Long, and the Brooklyn landowner Wolffaert Gerritsz Van Kouwenhoven. Can’t wait to write about them.