"Luyster Island was also named after a Dutch colonial family. The island’s main road is today’s 19th Avenue.
The first European settler here was Hendrick Harmensen in 1638. He was killed by local natives in 1643. His widow remarried, and the island was briefly called Houwclicken (Dowry Island). The deacons of the Dutch Reformed Church bought the farm before 1654, to establish maintenance for their poor, hence it was called “Armen” or “Poor Bowery.” That’s how Bowery Bay got its name.
About 1688, the church sold its farm to Pieter Cornelissen Luyster, who lent his name to the Dowry Island and Luyster Creek."
In 1696 Cornelius Pietersz Luyster purchased his father's estate at Bowery Bay, the property called the Poor's Farm, and removed there, "where he acquired prominence."
Abraham Van Doren Honeyman Joannes Nevius: Schepen and Third Secretary of New Amsterdam under the Dutch, First Secretary of New York City under the English, and his Descendants, A.D. 1627-1900, Vol. 1 (Plainfield, N.J.: Honeyman and Company, 1900), page 156.
Both Cornelius and his wife Sara Nevius were buried there.
Current fate of graves buried there unknown.
- Added: 27 Nov 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2628740
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