Mary Willemsen <I>Deurcant</I> Gardiner

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Mary Willemsen Deurcant Gardiner

  • Birth 9 Jun 1601 Woerden, Woerden Municipality, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Death Apr 1665 East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, USA
  • Burial East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 17201668

Info from: Todd Whitesides
First name: Marrigje
Middle name: Dircksdr
Nickname: Mary
Date of birth: 9 June 1601
Place of birth: Woerden, Utrecht, Netherlands

Marrigje Dirksdr Duurcant, and her husband Lion Gardiner, a master of fortifications in the English army, left her native Woerden on 10 Jul. 1635, and on 16 Aug. 1635 they and their servant Eliza Coles sailed from the port of London on the ship Batcheler. An entry from the journal of Governor Winthrop of Massachusetts reads- "Here [at Boston] arrived a small Norsey bark [North Sea ship] of twenty-five tons sent by Lords Say &c with one Gardener an expert engineer of work base provisions of all sorts to begin a fort at the mouth of [the Connecticut River]. She came through many great tempests, yet, through the Lords great providence, her passengers, twelve men and two women, and goods all safe."

Marrigje (called Mary) died between 17 & 22 Apr. 1665 in East Hampton, with a testament dated 19 Apr. 1664 and a codicil dated 15 Jan. 1664/5. She was the middle daughter of Dirk Willemsz Duurcant, alderman of Woerden in the bishopric of Utrecht, and his wife Haesgen Sebastiaansdr. Her Duurcant ancestors were seated at nearby Harmelen for centuries before her birth.

In 1576 her mother Haesgen was a ward of her kinsman Coenraad Gielsz van Boschuysen. She was married by 1587 to Dirk Willemsz Duurcant who died shortly before 6 Jun. 1605, and from 1605 until 1624 her half-brother, Pontiaan Gerritsz van Boschuysen, was co-guardian of her children.

Haesgen was a daughter of Jannetje Pontiaansdr van Boschuysen by her second marriage. Jannetje was a daughter of a nobleborn clergyman Pontiaan van Boschuysen by his mistress Geertruid Dirksdr, and was married twice, first to Gerrit Jansz Verheij, by whom she had three sons who assumed her surname, and then to Sebastiaan Cornelisz van Meerten (d. 1576), a son of Cornelis van Meerten of the city of Utrecht. Sebastiaan's home at Zalt-Bommel was confiscated by the invading Spanish army which took control of that area from 1568 until 1575, forcing him to spend his last years as a retainer at the ridderhofstad called Essenstein te Everdingen.

Family Members



wife of his excellency Lion Gardiner first Lord of ye Isle of Wight and daughter of Dericke Willemsen Deurcant and Hachin Bastiens of ye town of Worden in Holland





  • Created by: Fred Saar
  • Added: 28 Dec 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17201668
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Willemsen Deurcant Gardiner (9 Jun 1601–Apr 1665), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17201668, citing South End Cemetery, East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Fred Saar (contributor 46511066) .