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Descendants of Maritje Vandergrift



1. Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift was baptized on 29 Aug 1649. Beginning with the fourth generation, the descendants of Maritje can be found in "Three Generations of the Corson Family in America" by Orville Corson, published in 1939.

Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift and Cornelis Corssen were married on 11 Mar 1666 in New York. Cornelis Corssen was born in 1649. He died before Aug 1693 in New York. S/O Cors Pietersen and Tryntje Hendrickse (Vroom). Cornelis appears on the assessment rolls of Brooklyn for 1675 and 1676. He was a constable in 1677 and a member of the Royal Dutch Church "hailing from the Walabocht." Cornelis and Marretje and their family left Brooklyn and moved to Staten Island where he obtained title to 352 acres to the west of Miles Creek on 24 Dec 1680 and another 180 acres on 28 Dec 1680. In 1684 he was appointed a justice of the peace for Richmond Co., New York, and on 2 apr 1685 he was appointed captain of the militia for Brooklyn. Later in 1689, he held the office of captain of the militia and justice of the peace on Staten Island. Earlier in 1681 he had purchased land on the Raritan, N.J. for 3 cents per acre.

Bergen's 1881 history listed Marretje and her husband as having 3 children. A 6th child is mentioned in "The Pennsylvania Traveler Magazine", Vol. 5, May 1969, pp.10-12. Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift and Cornelis Corssen had the following children:

+2 i. Catharina Corssen.
+3 ii. Jacob Corssen, married Elizabeth Viele, before 1701.
+4 iii. Christian Corssen.
+5 iv. Cornelia Corssen.
+6 v. Benjamin Corssen, born about 1686.
7 vi. Daniel Corssen was baptized on 28 Nov 1690 in Dutch Reformed Church, New Amsterdam, New Netherland. Jacob Van der Grist instead of the father, Daniel Veenvos, Jacob Mauritszen, Grietie Van der Grist.



Second Generation

2. Catharina Corssen (Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

John Petersen States (Stace-Statts) was born. The Will of Jan Petersen Staats is found in the New York Society Collection, Volume 3, p. 223. Catharina Corssen and John Petersen States (Stace-Statts) had the following children:

8 i. Marya States (Stace-Statts) was baptized on 3 Feb 1689 in Kings Co., New York.
9 ii. Cornelis States (Stace-Statts) was born.
+10 iii. Annetje States (Stace-Statts), married Cornelis van Santwood, on 10 Jun 1700.
+11 iv. Jannetje States (Stace-Statts).
+12 v. Rebecca States (Stace-Statts).
+13 vi. Catherina States (Stace-Statts).

3. Jacob Corssen (Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born. Before 1701, Jacob married Elizabeth VIELE, the daughter of Cornelis Cornelisen VIELE and his wife Suster. Elizabeth was a sister to Blandina, who married Jacob's younger brother Benjamin.

Jacob became a supervisor for Richmond County in 1709 and was a colonel in the militia in 1730. After the death of his father in 1693 and his mother about 1698. He bought the interest in his father's estate from his brothers and sisters. In 1712, he seemed to have inherited the share of his younger brother Daniel, who had died intestate. Thus he gained controlling interest of all the vast holdings of his father.

Jacob and his wife had seven children, some were baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church of Staten Island and others were named in his will.

An abstract of his will is given, naming only the surviving children - a codicil the children of his son Benjamin: The will can be found in the Surrogate Office, New York, Liber 20, pg. 51.

Codicil, Dated February 3, 1742/43
Whereas I have given to my son Benjamin, one half of all my lands in Hunterdon County, West New Jersey, which I purchased of John BUDD, my executors are to pay to Jacob, son of my son Benjamin, 30 pounds out of said lands and the rest of said lands to be divided among Jacob, Sarah and Elizabeth, the children of my son Benjamin CORSEN.

But if my grandson Jacob wished to keep all said lands he shall pay his sisters 2/3 value.
Witnessed by: Christian CORSEN, ANtje CORSEN, Daniel CORSEN. Proved Aug. 2, 1756

The deeds for the ground that his sons acquired in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, can be found in Deed Book D, p. 18 and is situated near the branch of the Raritan or Hollands Brook.


Jacob Corssen and Elizabeth Viele were married before 1701. Elizabeth Viele was born. Jacob Corssen and Elizabeth Viele had the following children:

+14 i. Suster Corssen.
+15 ii. Jacob Corssen.
+16 iii. Benjamin Corssen.
+17 iv. Rebecca Corssen.
+18 v. Douwe Corssen.
+19 vi. Marytje Corssen.
+20 vii. Sarah Corssen.

4. Christian Corssen (Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was baptized about 1676. Christian was a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Richmond Co., N.Y., and was a prominent figure in the Dutch Church in Staten Island.

Antje Kroesen was born. Antje was the sister of Henrich who married Cornelia Corssen. Christian Corssen and Antje Kroesen had the following children:

+21 i. Cornelis Corssen.
+22 ii. Neeltje Corssen.
+23 iii. Daniel Corssen, born about 1714.

5. Cornelia Corssen (Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was baptized on 13 Aug 1681. Bergen's 1881 history, page 382, states that Cornelia married "Jannetje, daughter of Peter VanKerk. This is probably an error.

Cornelia and her husband Hendrick Kroesen settled on Staten Island where he outlived her, dying in his late 90's prior to the 29 Aug 1761 probate of his will. Cornelia and Hendrick had 6 children, all baptized in the Port Richmond Dutch Church on Staten Island.

Hendrick Kroesen was born. Hendrick was the son of Garret CROESEN and a brother to Antje, who married Christian CORSSEN. Their children were all baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church at Staten Island. Cornelia Corssen and Hendrick Kroesen had the following children:

+24 i. Maritje Kroesen, born on 28 Sep 1698.
+25 ii. Garret Kroesen.
+26 iii. Cornelis Kroesen.
27 iv. Cornelia Kroesen was born.
28 v. Neeltje Kroesen was born.
29 vi. Cornelia Kroesen was born.

6. Benjamin Corssen (Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born about 1686. Benjamin and his family lived on Staten Island until 1726, where he was a farmer. His mark for cattle was recorded in Richmond County on Staten Island, Dec. 10, 1722 and can be found in Stillwell's "Historical Miscellany," Vol. 1, p. 32:

Benjamin CORSON, his Mark for his cattle and sheep and horses (horses crossed out). A half penny in the under side of the left ear and for his horses branded with letters B.K. upon left Buttick.

Benjamin and his family came to Bucks County in 1726, purchasing a farm in Horthampton Township of Jeremiah DUNGAN, a tract of 250 acres for the consideration of 350 pounds. Among his neighbors were many of the Dutch families who had previously migrated from Staten Island.

See: "The Pennsylvania Traveler", Vol. 5, May 1969, pp. 10-12.

Blandina Viele was born. Widow of Jan Jansen van WOGGELUM. Blandina's daughter by this marriage was Blandina van Woggelum. Benjamin Corssen and Blandina Viele had the following children:

+30 i. Cornelius Corssen, born in 1714; married Ann Van Horn, on 6 Aug 1735.
+31 ii. Maria Corssen, born in 1716; married John L. Harrison, on 26 Jul 1740.
32 iii. Benjamin Corssen Jr. was born in 1718. He was baptized on 3 Aug 1718 in Dutch Reformed Church of Staten Island. Witnessed by: Cornelia CORSSEN and Hendrick CROESEN (Benjamin's sister and her husband.




Third Generation

10. Annetje States (Stace-Statts) (Catharina Corssen-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Annetje States (Stace-Statts) and Cornelis van Santwood were married on 10 Jun 1700. Cornelis van Santwood was born.


11. Jannetje States (Stace-Statts) (Catharina Corssen-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Douwe van Woggelum was born.


12. Rebecca States (Stace-Statts) (Catharina Corssen-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Jacob Bakker was born.


13. Catherina States (Stace-Statts) (Catharina Corssen-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Breestede was born. Catherina States (Stace-Statts) and Breestede had the following children:

33 i. Johannes Breestede was born.

14. Suster Corssen (Jacob-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Johannes Symonsen was born.


15. Jacob Corssen (Jacob-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Cornelia Croesen was born.


16. Benjamin Corssen (Jacob-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Catherina was born.


17. Rebecca Corssen (Jacob-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Jan (John) Blom was born.


18. Douwe Corssen (Jacob-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Jannetje Conein was born.


19. Marytje Corssen (Jacob-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Joshua Mersereau was born.


20. Sarah Corssen (Jacob-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Myndert Myderse was born.


21. Cornelis Corssen (Christian-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Jannetje Boskirk was born. Cornelis Corssen and Jannetje Boskirk had the following children:

34 i. Peter Corssen was born.
35 ii. Christian Corssen was born.
36 iii. Cornelius Corssen was born.
37 iv. Daniel Corssen was born.
38 v. Mary Corssen was born.
39 vi. Jane Corssen was born.
40 vii. Catharine Corssen was born.
41 viii. Ann Corssen was born.

22. Neeltje Corssen (Christian-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Frans Gerbrants was born. Neeltje Corssen and Frans Gerbrants had the following children:

42 i. Christian Gerbrants was born.
43 ii. Daniel Gerbrants was born.

23. Daniel Corssen (Christian-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born about 1714.

Maria Stillwell was born. Daniel Corssen and Maria Stillwell had the following children:

44 i. Richard Corssen was born.
45 ii. Daniel Corssen was born.
46 iii. Ann Corssen was born.

24. Maritje Kroesen (Cornelia Corssen-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born on 28 Sep 1698.

Jacob Bergen was born. Maritje Kroesen and Jacob Bergen had the following children:

47 i. Cornelia Bergen was born 1 Jan 1729 bp. in Port Richmond, Richmond Co., NY. She died died young.
48 ii. Jacob Bergen was baptized on 23 Sep 1731 in Port Richmond, Richmond Co., NY.
49 iii. Cornelia Bergen was baptized on 4 Sep 1737 in Port Richmond, Richmond Co., NY.

25. Garret Kroesen (Cornelia Corssen-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was baptized on 20 May 1703.

Geertruyd Van Tuyl was born. Garret Kroesen and Geertruyd Van Tuyl had the following children:

50 i. Hendrick Kroesen was born 8 Dec 1723 bpt in Port Richmond, Richmond Co., NY. He died Died young.
51 ii. Femmetje Kroesen was baptized on 13 Sep 1728. She died Died young.
52 iii. Abraham Kroesen was baptized on 6 Aug 1732.

Clausie Brinkerhoff was born. Garret Kroesen and Clausie Brinkerhoff had the following children:

53 i. Cornelia Kroesen was born.
54 ii. Maria Kroesen was baptized on 18 Apr 1743 in Port Richmond, Richmond Co., NY.
55 iii. Claesje Kroesen was baptized on 11 Oct 1748 in Port Richmond, Richmond Co., NY.
56 iv. Hendrick Kroesen was baptized on 24 Jun 1752 in Port Richmond, Richmond Co., NY.
57 v. Geertruy Kroesen was baptized on 18 Dec 1755 in Port Richmond, Richmond Co., NY.

26. Cornelis Kroesen (Cornelia Corssen-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Helena Van Tuyl was born. Cornelis Kroesen and Helena Van Tuyl had the following children:

58 i. Hendrick Kroesen was baptized on 10 Oct 1731.
+59 ii. Abraham Kroesen.
+60 iii. Cornelis Kroesen.

30. Cornelius Corssen (Benjamin-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was baptized on 4 May 1714 in Dutch Reformed Church of Staten Island. He was born in 1714. He was also known as Cornelius Corsen. Cornelius married three times, first to Ann Van Horn, and this marriage was performed by the Reb. Richard Treat and recorded in the Abington Presbyterian Church. Just when she died, we have no record for he married a second time, Margaritta Van Ende, whose maiden name was Nevins. however after the marriage, he took out letters of administration on that of Ann, and in 1762, Cornelius married, a third time, Charity -----?

Cornelius Corssen and Ann Van Horn were married on 6 Aug 1735. Ann Van Horn was born. Cornelius Corssen and Ann Van Horn had the following children:

61 i. Christian Corssen was born.
62 ii. Blandina Corssen was born.
63 iii. Willemytje Corssen was born.
64 iv. Marytje Corssen was born.
+65 v. Jamitje Corssen, married James Forrester, on 26 Aug 1767.
66 vi. Antje (1) Corssen was born.
+67 vii. Antje (2) Corssen, married William Maynard, on 22 Jan 1766.
68 viii. Benjamin Corssen was born.
+69 ix. Cornelius Corssen Jr..

Margaritta Van Enden was born. Cornelius Corssen and Margaritta Van Enden had the following children:

+70 i. Daniel Corssen, married Prudence Carter, on 22 Jan 1780.
71 ii. Sarah Corssen was born.
+72 iii. John Corssen.

31. Maria Corssen (Benjamin-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born in 1716. She was baptized on 13 Aug 1716 in Dutch Reformed Church of Staten Island. Witnesses were: Christian CORSSEN (Benjamin's brother) and Elizabeth VIELE (wife of Benjamin's brother Jacob) Maria had 3 issue, 1 child by Mr. Harrison and 2 children by Mr. Bennett.

Maria Corssen and John L. Harrison were married on 26 Jul 1740. John L. Harrison was born. Maria Corssen and John L. Harrison had the following children:

+73 i. Elias Harrison, born on 27 Oct 1739; died on 10 Jan 1810.

Abraham Bennett was born. Maria Corssen and Abraham Bennett had the following children:

74 i. Benjamin Bennett was baptized on 3 Dec 1751.
75 ii. Saartje Bennett was baptized on 25 May 1755.



Fourth Generation

59. Abraham Kroesen (Cornelis-3, Cornelia Corssen-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was baptized on 29 Jul 1733.

Antje Simonson was born.


60. Cornelis Kroesen (Cornelis-3, Cornelia Corssen-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was baptized on 8 Aug 1736.

Belitje De Groot was born.


65. Jamitje Corssen (Cornelius-3, Benjamin-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Jamitje Corssen and James Forrester were married on 26 Aug 1767. James Forrester was born.


67. Antje (2) Corssen (Cornelius-3, Benjamin-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Antje (2) Corssen and William Maynard were married on 22 Jan 1766. William Maynard was born. Antje (2) Corssen and William Maynard had the following children:

76 i. Cornelius Maynard was born.
77 ii. Ann Maynard was born.
78 iii. Elizabeth Maynard was born.

69. Cornelius Corssen Jr. (Cornelius-3, Benjamin-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Catrina Hegeman was born. Cornelius Corssen Jr. and Catrina Hegeman had the following children:

79 i. Hendrick Corssen was born.
80 ii. Christian Corssen was born.
81 iii. Johannes Corssen was born.
82 iv. Willem Corssen was born.
83 v. Caty Corssen was born.

70. Daniel Corssen (Cornelius-3, Benjamin-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Daniel Corssen and Prudence Carter were married on 22 Jan 1780. Prudence Carter was born. Daniel Corssen and Prudence Carter had the following children:

+84 i. Lott Corssen.
+85 ii. Sarah Corssen, married Fillespie.
86 iii. Mary Corssen was born.
87 iv. Letitia Corssen was born.
+88 v. John Corssen.
+89 vi. Richard Corssen.
90 vii. Daniel Corssen was born. Removed to Ohio.

72. John Corssen (Cornelius-3, Benjamin-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born.

Deborah Engle Duffield (daughter of Jacob Engle and Charity Hogeland) was born. John Corssen and Deborah Engle Duffield had the following children:

91 i. Jacob Corssen was born.
+92 ii. Margaret Corssen.
+93 iii. Amos Corssen.
94 iv. Rachel Corssen was born.
95 v. Benjamin Corssen was born.

73. Elias Harrison (Maria Corssen-3, Benjamin-2, Maritje Jacobse Vandergrift-1) was born on 27 Oct 1739. He died on 10 Jan 1810. He was buried in Pioneer Cem., 3 miles north of Dansville, Livingston Co., NY..

Hannah Baxter was born. Elias Harrison and Hannah Baxter had the following children:

96 i. John Harrison was born.
97 ii. Mary Harrison was born.
98 iii. Margaret Harrison was born.
99 iv. Hugh Harrison was born.
100 v. Abram Harrison was born.
101 vi. Hannah Harrison was born.
102 vii. Dinah Harrison was born.
103 viii. Elias Harrison was born.