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Roelof Gerritse Vanderwerken
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Birth: unknown
Meppel Municipality
Drenthe, Netherlands
Death: Sep. 3, 1728
Saratoga County
New York, USA

According to the 1966 Vanderwerken book, Roelof is the founder of the family in America. He emigrated from Meppelen in 1663 and his name appears on the passenger list, dated 15 March 1663, of the ship "De Rosebaum" captained by Pieter Reyersz van der Beets. He had been a cranemaster at Groeningen in 1656. His wife was "Geertruyt Roeloffsz" and they were members of the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany in 1683. He had a farm on Cohoes Island, then called Half Moon above the 4th fork of the Mohawk River. It is believed that Roelof and Geertruyt had 12 children. Also from Prindle, Paul. VanDerwerken-VanDerwerker Family, p 1 Immigra 15 MAR 1662/63 Meppelen, Drenthe, Netherlands Cohoes Island, Saratoga Co, NY
Ethnicity/Relig. 1683 Reformed Dutch Church of Albany. There are more records of interest quoted in the book.
The "se" suffix on his name means "son of," indicating that his father was named Gerrit. The patronymic Vanderwerken was apparently assumed in the New World, and it appears to mean "one who came from Werken" which was a village in the province of North Brabant in the southern Netherlands. This is the conclusion of Paul Prindle in the forward of his book on the Vanderwerken family. Roelof Gerritse's name was on the passenger list of the ship De Rosebaum (Rosetree), dated 15 March 1663. 
Family links: 
  Geertruyt Jacobse Van Oostrant? Vanderwerken
  Albert Roelofse Vanderwerken (1679 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Born before 1640 and died after 1728 so he lived at least 88 years.
Created by: Dave Peck
Record added: Feb 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65619883

to my Immigrant grandfather from whom my line stretches down through the generations. With great respect. Philip Schweitzer
- Sheila Farrington Schweitzer
 Added: Jan. 10, 2016
Also a many times grandfather. Thanksgiving Day 2015. Thank you Roelof for coming to America!
- judith johnson
 Added: Nov. 26, 2015

- Laurel
 Added: Jun. 8, 2013
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