|Birth: ||1625, Sweden|
New York, USA
Born at Revel, Esthonia, Sweden
Immigrated to America in 1657 and settled in Ulster County, NY
1) Lysbeth Hermans in 1663. She died shortly after (bef 1664). No issue.
2) Emmerntje Claesen De Witte 5/16/1665 in Brooklyn, NY.
From Genealogy of the Hoffman Family by E.A. Hoffman, 1899.
Rittmeister in army of Gustavus Adolphus, fought in 30 Years War. Disturbed conditions, a love of adventure, and a desire to see the New World led him to America in 1657. Lived on Broadway and was a large taxpayer. Received land grant in 1688.
From: "Famous Families of New York", M.A. Hamm, 1902
Among the commanding races of Europe the Norseman stood out pre-eminent. His superb physical strength, his curious nature in which ferocious valor was tempered and even balanced by his love of the pleasures of life, his grim contempt for nature's ugly moods, his love of travel and of home, all combined to make him a memorable personality in European annals from the fourth to the seventeenth century. Scandinavia is but a small and sterile country, with a sparse population, and yet for a thousand years it exerted as wide an influence upon the destinies of Christendom as many richer, stronger, and more populous lands.
In the settlement of the New World, it contributed its share of pioneers and explorers. One of the first colonies sent out from Europe was that of New Christiania on the Delaware, which was conquered and added to the Dutch possessions by Governor Stuyvesant. The fate of this colony did not deter the men of the North from following in the footsteps of their unsuccessful predecessors. Nor was there any reason, excepting insignificant political ones, for their being deterred. They were Protestants, as were the Dutch and English; they were lovers of liberty and believers in the home rule of that period. They were accustomed to rough living and to the perils of the sea. Thus from almost the beginning of the seventeenth century until the present time, there has been a steady movement of Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, and Finns from northern Europe to the shores of America.
The first family of distinction in this migration was the one founded by Martin Hermanzen Hoffman , who was born at Revel in Esthonia, on the Gulf of Finland. He is said to have been Rittmaster in the army of King Gustavus Adolphus. Prior to his departure for America, he lived a short time in Holland. He came to New Netherlands in 1657, and settled first in Esopus (1658), and two years afterwards in New Amsterdam. Life was not altogether uneventful to the sturdy Norseman. Over the settlements along the Hudson hung the vague fear of an Indian outbreak, and every man held himself in readiness to give battle to the redskins. In 1658, at Esopus, there was every indication of an onslaught by the savages, and both the garrison and the farmers were under arms. The former was under command of Ensign Smith, who was in favor of a pease policy. In pursuance of this plan he gave orders that no one should resort to arms until there was an attack by the Indians. The latter, misunderstanding the policy, became more threatening, and began depredations. Martin and the other farmers promptly seized their weapons and without the aid of the garrison fell upon the savages and drove them away. He incurred the enmity of the officials, but won the respect and love of all the people. It was probably this popularity at Kingston which induced him to go back there from Fort Orange twenty years afterwards.
He must have brought over considerable wealth with him, as in 1661 he resided on Lower Broadway, and was a large taxpayer. Life on Manhattan does not seem to have agreed with him, because after a few years he moved to Albany, then known as Fort Orange, where he resided for nine or ten years. Again he changed his residence and settled in Esopus, or Kingston, where he passed the remainder of his life. He was a man of great energy. Besides managing his property and opening up new territory in Ulster County, he had a large saddlery and leather business, which he conducted for several years.
He was an able man of affairs, as well as a good husband and father. This can be seen in the old records, where there are accounts of the baptizing of his children in the presence of their parents and relatives, of their education, and of their starting in life by the placing of real estate in their names.
Emmerentje Claesen DeWitte*
Nicolaes Hoffman (1680 - 1750)*
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Record added: May 07, 2012
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