|Death: ||Jun. 17, 1693|
New York, USA
Jacobus Schellinger (aka Schellinks or Schellinx) was the second son of Laurens and Catalyntje de Coussenaer of Amsterdam, Noord-Hollland, Nederland. Jacobus' actual date of birth has never been recovered, however, records from the Oude Kerk (Old Church) of Amsterdam document that Jacobus was baptized in that church on 16 October 1625.
Jacobus came to America from Amsterdam, prior to 1650, (possibly as early as 1643) when he was a "young man of legal age", engaged in the mercantile business. The first notice of him being in New Amsterdam as a dealer in goods was 24 February 1653.
Jacobus married Cornelia Melyn Loper on 7 April 1653. Cornelia was the widow of Capt-LT Jacob Loper (their brief marriage, about 5 years, ended with his death) of Stockholm, Sweden. The marriage of Jacobus and Cornelia produced as least five sons and a daughter: William, Catalyntje, Abraham, Daniel, Jacob and Cornelius.
Jacobus' life in America was rife with unrest caused by conflict between the English and Dutch colonial powers and personal difficulty, primarily, as a result of the activities of his father-in-law, Cornelis Melyn of Antwerp, Belgium. As a result, Jacobus and his extended family were forced to flee the British military and the personal persecution created by the animus of Petrus Stuyvesant towards his father-in-law. The Melyn and Schellinger families were also forced from their Staten Island home in 1655 as a result of an Indian uprising, fleeing to Connecticut for relief. Jacobus and family eventually settled in East Hampton, Suffolk Co, NY, ca. 1667, where he, along with others, established a successful on-shore whaling operation known as the Whale Designe.
Jacobus died 17 June 1693 in East Hampton at the age of 68. Documentation indicates that both he and his wife were buried in the "old churchyard of East Hampton". At the time of Jacobus' death, East Hampton had one church; this was the Presbyterian Church of East Hampton. This church was originally located on the eastern edge of what is now the South End Cemetery. So, one could assume Jacobus and his wife were both buried there; however, neither their headstones or grave locations have been found thus far. The Presbyterian Church of East Hampton did not keep burial records at the time of Jacobus' death, however, church records document that Cornelia was, in fact, buried in this churchyard cemetery in Feb 1717.
Jacobus is generally recognized as the first person to bring the Dutch-Schellinger family name to America; his American descendants (12-generations plus) survive today.
Laurens Schellinks (1591 - 1657)
Catharina de Coussenaer Schellinks (1599 - 1657)
Cornelia Melyn Schellinger (1627 - 1717)*
William Schellinx (1654 - 1735)*
Catharine Schellinger Baker (1656 - 1722)*
Abraham Schellinx (1659 - 1712)*
Jacob Schellinx (1663 - 1713)*
Jacob Schellinger (1664 - 1713)*
Cornelius Schellinger (1668 - 1743)*
Willem Schellinks (1623 - 1672)*
Jacobus Schellinger (1625 - 1693)
Daniel Schellinks (1627 - 1704)*
Laurens Schellinks (1640 - 1693)*
Note: Headstone may be unreadable or have fallen
South End Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: skellysiam
Record added: Jun 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71985195
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