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Father: Paul

b. 1605-1615 in Dermont, Flanders [RDC Marriages]

d. Sept. 20, 1692 in Talbot County, Maryland [TC will 2:56]

m. Nov. 18, 1640 in New York, Maria Rapalje ("18 Nov. Michiel Paulus, j.m. Van dermonde in Vlaenderen, en Maria Rappalje, j.d. Van N. Nederlt") [RDC Marriages]

b. March 11, 1627 on Manhattan, d. after 1690 [Allaben]
Father:George Jansen Rapalje [Allaben] b. 1600-1605 in Rochelle, France, d. 1662 on Long Island, N.Y.
Mother: Catalina Trico [Allaben] b. 1605 in Paris, France, d. Sept. 11, 1689 on Long Island, N.Y. (Catalina was the daughter of Jeronomic Trico, b.c. 1585 in Paris, France.)

Issue: [RDC Baptisms]

Michiel Van der Voort, bap. Jan. 19, 1642 ("19 Jan; Michiel Paulusz.; Michiel; Pieter Loockermans, Hans Noorman, Catharina Trico"), d. after 1661 [Skordas,1968]

Josyntie Van der Voort, bap. Dec. 20, 1643 ("20 Dec; Michiel Paulusz.; Josyntie; Joris Rappalje, Jan Aertszen, Tryntje Everts "), d. before 1647

Josyntje/Cosine/SusannahVan der Voort, bap. June 2, 1647 ("2 Jun; Michiel Pauluszen; Josyntje; Adriaen Tienhoven, Maryken Lievens"), d. after 1692

m. John Jackson in Maryland

Paulus Van der Voort(14), bap. Jan. 3, 1649, d. June 2, 1681

Jan/John Van der Voort, bap. Dec. 11, 1650 ("11 Dec; Michiel Pauluszen Van der voort; Jan; Adriaen Dirckszen, Hendrick Pieterszen, Grietie Gerrits, Hester Jans"), d. after 1683

m. Neeltje Harmens
issue: Michael, bap. Nov. 23, 1684 [Ledley]

Maria/Mary Van der Voort, bap. July 27, 1653 ("27 Jul; Michiel Pauluszen Van der Voort; Maria; Pieter Van Neste, Abraham Martenszen, Engeltie Mans"), d. after 1661 [Skordas,1968]

Hendrick Van der Voort, bap. Aug. 22, 1655 ("22 Aug; Michiel Pauluszen, Marritie Joris; Hendrick; Sara Joris"), d. before 1661 [Skordas,1968]

Joris/George Paul Vanderford(18), bap. Oct. 18, 1656, d.c. 1715

Claertie/Catherine Vanderford(19), bap. Oct. 27, 1658, d. Aug. 24, 1749


Nov. 18, 1640:
Michael married Maria Rapalje, who had been living on Manhattan since her birth there in 1627. (He must have been an earlier resident, but was not the Michael Paauw of Pavonia (Hoboken, N.J. and Staten Island) that others have suggested.) [RDC Marriages]

May 6, 1643:
Abraham Rycken demanded Michael pay the first payment which was due last Easter on land sold to him. Michael was ordered to make two payments next Easter unless he gave sufficient security for the payment of 200 guilders next Easter 1644 and the balance two years from now. (Abraham had received a patent for a large tract of land in Brooklyn in 1640, close to George Rapalje's tract. George purchased his land in 1637 and finally occupied it around 1655.) [NYHMD IV:193]

June 18, 1643:
Abraham Rycken again demanded payment for the sale of his plantation. Michael failed to appear in court and Abraham was authorized to take possession of his property unless Michael paid the purchase price and costs. (Michael may have defaulted due to the Indian uprising of 1643-44, making land in Brooklyn almost impossible to defend.) [NYHMD IV:196]

January 21, 1647:
Michael was granted Lot 2 of Block N Castello Plan on Manhattan Island for a house and garden. (This lot had a brewery building on it and in 1665 was assessed to Jacob Van Couwenhoven. There is no record of sale between Michael and Jacob.) [NYHMD-LP GG:163]
Block N is bordered by Stone Street, Broad Street, South William Street, and Mill Lane. Lot 2 was the second lot from Broad Street. Today, Stone Street does not connect to the east side of Broad Strret, as it did in 1647, but the other streets are unchanged.[Icon]

August 17, 1649:
Michael received a power of attorney from Claes Jansen d'Kock of Amsterdam to receive his share of the prize ship "Tobasco," which he helped to bring in. [NYHMD iii:151]

October 5, 1649:
Michael witnessed a deed for a lot on the highway on Manhattan Island. [NYHMD iii:191]

Michael used his sloop to fetch 14 loads of palisades for the City Works. These were used to build the wall along what is now Wall Street from the Hudson River to the East River. [RNA i,112]

September 1, 1653:
Maria appeared in Court to demand payment on the palisades for the City Works which her husband, Michael, had fetched with his sloop. Michael was awarded 10 gl. for each load of palisades and there were 14 loads. [RNA i,112]

October 20, 1653:
Maria appeared in Court and agreed to a debt of fl.203 owed by her husband, Michael, to Marten Ottersen. She was given until the first of May, 1654 to pay. [RNA i,124]

Prior to 1654:
Michael bought the westernmost portion of Lot 7, Block N in Manhattan from Wessel Evertson. Michael built his house, #11 Castello Plan, on this lot. (This is now #49 Stone Street.) [Icon]

February 16, 1654:
Michael sued Lourens Corn van Wel for the loss of his scow. The defendant had hired the scow and while it was lying at shore it was swept off. [RNA i,161]

April 27 and June 8, 1654:
Michael was sued by Teunis Tomasen, mason, for payment of fl.13 for building a chimney. Michael claimed that the chimney smoked badly and he had been forced to rebuild it at a cost of 2 beavers. [RNA i,188, 206-7]

March 8, 1655:
Michael sued Thomas Lambertsen and Corns. Cornelissen for payment of a half years rent for the house they occupied. [RNA i,293]

May 31, 1655:
Michael (an old Burgher) and his wife (a native of this country) were granted permission to sell wine and beer by the "small measure" on the condition that they lodge strangers and others. [RNA i,317]

October 12, 1655:
Maria paid a voluntary tax of fl.15 at the City Hall. [RNA i,367,370]

December 6, 1655:
Maria appeared in Court complaining that Anthony Gil and his partner had not delivered the wood belonging to her. [RNA i,414]

February 28, and March 6, 1656:
Maria appeared in Court demanding the payment of fl.33 that Arent Callebuys owed her husband, Michael, for board and incurred expenses. [RNA ii,48&58]

March 13 and July 3, 1656:
Maria sued Jacob van Couwenhoven for fl.234.9 and Jacob's brother, Pieter, sued Michael for fl. 420. [RNA ii,60, 128]

March 9, 1657:
Michael was requested to pay the fl.15 tax which was assessed in October 1655. [RNA vii,143]

April 9, 1657:
Michael was granted the "right of small burgher" which allowed him to engage in trade and hold minor or servile offices. [RNA vii,149-151]

April 1, 1658:
Michael is sued for not fulfilling a contract to have "ridden timber." He claimed his horse needed to be shod and promised to do his best to perform the contract. [RNA ii,369]

April 8, 1658:
Michael had agreed to sell some goods at Albany for Willem Pietersen and that whatever Michael got for the goods over the fixed price was his. Michael sold two hhds of French wines, invoiced at 11 beavers the hhd, for 13 beavers the hhd. Willem sued Michael for payment. Michael offered to pay some beavers then and the remainder "by the next opportunity." Michael was ordered to pay promptly. [RNA ii,372]

November 16, 1658:
Michael bought the next portion of Lot 7, #12 Block N Castello Plan, from Wessel Evertson and hired the surveyor to measure up the property. (This is now No. 51 Stone Street.) [Icon]

December 16, 1658:
Michael sold the house and property at #12 Block N Castello Plan to Aris Otto for 1,500 gld. with a mortgage for 900 gld. Otto turned it into a tavern. [Hol.Soc.Yr]

December 20, 1658:
Michael sold his house and property at #11 Block N Castello Plan to Tillman Van Vleck with a mortgage for 1250 gld. [Hol.Soc.Yr]

February 12, 1659:
Gerrit Brill had some goods on Michael's yacht.[Hol.Soc.Yr]

September 23 and December 2, 1659:
Michael and Jacobus Vis contested a contract in which Michael agreed to sell goods belonging to Jacobus. There remained a disagreement over a parcel of "seawan" ("wampum" or strings of shells) that Michael was retaining to trade for beavers. [RNA iii,54, 84-5]

December 9 and 16, 1659:
Michael sold a foal for eight beavers or four tuns of beer to Hendrick Pietersen. Hendrick claimed he had made the payment in beer to Jacobus Vis. Jacobus was ordered to pay Michael fl.88 for the horse. [RNA iii,87, 91-2]

Michael, his wife Maria, and their seven living children relocated to Maryland. [Skordas,1968]

May 31, 1661:
The surveyor was ordered to lay out for Michael 550 acres of land due him for transporting himself, his wife, his children: Michael, Paul, Cosine, John, Mary, George and Clare, and Clement Latoes and Henry Green. (This land was in Talbot County, now Queen Annes County at the head of Courseys Creek, now Corsica Creek, near the present town of Centreville. [patent 4:555]

July 30, 1661:
Michael, late of New Amsterdam and subject of the State of Holland, was granted citizenship in the Province of Maryland. [Archives, Vol.III]

August 3, 1662:
Michael was granted 200 acres of the 300 acres called St. Pauls laid out for him March 19, 1661. This parcel was on the north side of Carman's Cove and Carman's Branch. It was recorded on July 30, 1662. Michael was to pay rent (taxes) of 4 shillings yearly, due in St. Marys at the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and at the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel. [patents 6:11, 5:132 & 5:140]

July 4, 1663:
Michael was granted 200 acres called Paulsfort. This land was laid out for him on January 1, 1661 and recorded on October 9, 1662. It was on the east side of Courseys Creek, just north of the present town of Centreville. The yearly rent was 4 shillings. [patents 5:189 & 5:392]

June 19, 1666:
Michael and his wife sold to Gerrard Vansweringen the 200 acres he, Gerrard, was living on. [Archives,Vol.LVII]

November 10, 1666:
Michael was granted the last 150 acres (of his 550 acres) called Carman's Neck. This land was laid out for him on May 20, 1666 and was on the east side of Courseys Creek, bounded on the south by Patrick Forest's land and on the north by Carman's Cove. The yearly rent was 3 shillings. [patents 10:204 & 10:244]

March 16, 1668:
Michael acknowledged a judgment to William Head for 3500 pounds of tobacco. [Archives, Vol.LIV]

March 15, 1669:
Michael petitioned the Court for 662 pounds of tobacco due from the estate of John Winchester and 1060 pounds of tobacco from the estate of Francis Barnes. [Archives, Vol.LIV]

August 16, 1670:
Michael was ordered to pay Christopher Barnes 650 pounds of tobacco due for a cow. [Archives, Vol.LIV]

September 20, 1670:
Michael was ordered to pay Martha Petterson 250 pounds of tobacco due for her wages. [Archives, Vol.LIV]

February, 1671:
Michael gave his daughter Clara (Catherine) a cow and a heifer. [Leonard,1988]

August 1, 1673:
Michael was granted the two warrents James Clayland sold him. One, on October 8, 1672, for 100 acres called Vanderfords Agreement near the head of the western branch of Courseys Creek and south of the land already owned by Michael. The other, on November 7, 1672, for 350 acres called Vanderfort a mile from the head of the western branch of Courseys Creek. (This land is now part of the town of Centreville.) The rent on these parcels was 2 shillings per 50 acres. [patents 17:426 & 17:217]

September 3, 1673:
Michael sold to Herbert Croft 350 acres called Vanderford in Talbot County about a mile from the head of Courseys Creek. [Leonard,1988]

August 2, 1875:
Michael witnessed a deed and a bond for John Scott. [Leonard,1988]

November 14, 1681:
Michael, planter, sold to Robert Smith, gentleman, for 1000 pounds of tobacco a patent for 350 acres called Vanderfort. [TC deed KK5:139]

November 30, 1690, recorded September 20, 1692:
Michael's will bequeathed to his wife "a maintenance out of" his estate for her lifetime unless she remarried. George Vanderford, his son, and John Jackson, his son-in-law, were appointed executors and requested to divide his estate into as many shares as he had children. George was to choose his share first and John Jackson, second. He had about 300 pounds sterling due him from New York and 5 pounds of that was to be given to the poor. [TC will 6:5]

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