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In the Netherlands: HOPMAN, SCHORMANS, NAUTS, KIESEBRINK, BIERENS, LOCKHART, ZWERUS, CONSTEN, PELZER, BEUMER, KEMPEN, KOOIJMAN, DIEDERICHS.
In the USA: TAYLOR, KIRK, MOFF, STROUP.
In Scotland: BAIRD, THOMSON, LOCKHART, GRANT, RUSSELL.RESEARCH: Always looking for more data.
Pieter Adriaenz Hopman was born 1650 in Barsingerhorn, N-Holland. Later the family moved to Callantsoog. In 1806 Callantsoog only had 178 inhabitants and two years later there were 58 families. Hendrik Hopman purchased a whaling ship called "Ark van Noah" on Jan. 5, 1783. Cornelis Hopman purchased a farm on 17 November 1773, called "Druyf en Boom". Jan Kornelis Hopman was a Commander and Whaler on the ship "Young Dirk". Dirk Cornelis Hopman was living in Oude Sluis and made his first whaling trip in 1767 to the Strait of Davis [Greenland]. Each trip he returned with a cargo bigger then 300 barrels of whale oil. In 1775 Dirk Cornelis Hopman purchased a large piece of land 44 mornings in Dutch measurements (90 acres) and named the farm "Greenland" after his last ship and lined the entrance to his property with 2 whale skulls. They are still standing to-day and are a tangible memory of the Dutch whaling fleet.
Areth Arnoldus Nauts was a farmer and merchant born 1659, he settled in Brunssum, Limburg about 1680. He is our oldest fore-father. Four children were born from his first marriage to Mechtel [Mettel] Jans, she was 24 years old. Five children from the second marriage to Gertrui Joosten. Arnoldus [Nol] Nauts [merchant, farmer] baptised 14 Januari 1741 in Brunssum and died 15 October 1820 at the age of 79 years old. On 17 Februari 1780 while traveling in the county of Gulik, Arnoldus is ill, while his wife Sibilla Oijens gives birth to a son. He and his wife were in Amsterdam on November 1783, where their son Arnold was born. In 1784 they were back in Brunssum. Leonardus [Neel] Nauts was a "huzaar" [calvary] in the Napoleonic War on the battlefield "Frufille at Villa Nuova" in Spain. Ferdinand Joseph Nauts became a known Surveyor, Cartographist and Architect, settled in Haarlem, N-Holland. zie de kaart van Nautz(s) Ferdinand Nauts(z) heeft ook in Amsterdam gebouwen ontworpen in 1838 getekend J.F. Nautz, architect. zie het Huis van Jusitie en het Tuchthuis.
De familienaam Nauts wordt in de eerste tientallen jaren dat de familie in Brunssum voorkomt vermeld als Naus. In de 18de eeuw wordt de naam ook geschreven als Nautz. De oudstbekende voorvader ARET NAUT vestigde zich omstreeks 1660 te Brunssum, hij is dan al gehuwd met Mechtel JANS, voordien was zij gehuwd geweest met Willem Thoenis, uit dit huwelijk was een zoon geboren Gerardus Thoenis. De herkomst van het geslacht Nauts moet langs de rivier de Maas gezocht worden. Het eerste kind van Aret Nauts and Mechtel [Mettel] Jans wordt geboren in 1691 te Brunssum en drie kinderen volgde. Kort na de geboorte van het laatste kind Mechtel sterft in 1706 te Brunssum. Aret hertrouwt het volgende jaar met Gertrui Joosten, ook van dit huwelijk heeft hij vier kinderen. De oudste zoon is Jan Nauts die de vader wordt van Mettel Nauts en de echtgenote van Leonard Hamers.Vervolg
Gerrit Kiesebrink was born in 1675 on the farm called the "Kiesebrinks" in Olst, Hengvorden, Overijssel.This property was part of the Feudal-system of Overijssel. This is a loan system developed in Western Europe since the Eleventh Century. The German King [Kaiser] sought the help of the Bisschop of Utrecht for help with maintaining large pieces of land. This way the Bischop could keep power and control of this land by using certain men to work and protect these properties. Very little money was being circulated, land was on "Loan" and the lessee's were given rights and land also allowed to keep the proceeds for their lively-hood. The oldest loan certificates in Overijssel was in the year 1233. Over the next centuries this system, in many cases, from borrowing large pieces of land to ownership and inheritance to the next of kin.
Our colonial Taylor ancestors immigrated from the United Kingdom and arrived at the New York harbor. Original they lived on the Eastern seaboard of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Following the Revolutionary War, all but the Dutch colonist migrated to the Midwestern states of Ohio and Indiana. Our familytree contains no ancestors at all from the South or West.
The Kirk family of Nottingham, Chester County, being among the oldest established in Pennsylvania, does not lack in the traditional lore as regards to ancestry. The Kirk's are all descended from three brothers, Alphonsus, Jacob and Roger, who came from Ireland. The first who came to America was Alphonsus KIRK and from him descended "all of the name of Kirk in this country"Alphonsus Kirk migrated from Lutgan, County of Armagh, North Ireland arrived in this country in the year 1688. The eldest son of Aphonsus is Roger Kirk born on 21 Januari 1694 who married on 9 December 1727 to Jean Bowen of Cecil County, Maryland and died 19 December 1762. To them 13 children were born. Mary KIRK born in Cecil, Cecil County, Maryland on 17 Januari 1774 married John TAYLOR the son of Aaron Taylor and Abigail Nutt of Hackettstown, New Jersey. To them 10 children were born.