Descendents of Adriaen Hendrickse Aten, who emigrated in 1651 from Doesburg, near Utrecht, Netherlands to Flatbush, Long Islan



Descendents of Adriaen Hendrickse Aten, who emigrated in 1651 from Doesburg, near Utrecht, Netherlands to Flatbush, Long Island, began researching their roots in earnest the latter part of the nineteenth century. Letters were exchanged between Rev. John B. Thompson, Henry J. Aten and Nicholas Harris. Thompson was scholarly and interested in the possible Scottish origins of the Atenís. Henry J. Aten was a Civil War veteran and the moving spirit in this effort to research the family history. Harris was a young lawyer in Belvidere, Warren Co., NJ. He talked with family members and wrote them letters, visited courthouses and copied documents. An extensive collection of letters he wrote to Henry J. Aten was obtained a few years ago from the Newberry Library of Chicago by Mamie McKinney and transcribed by Dorothy Aten Armitage. The transcriptions are offered on this website.


The surname varied but became mostly Aten or Auten.A tireless genealogist, Mamie collected Aten and Auten documents for many years from many people and places until her death in 2003. This massive collection is now being sorted gradually. Our intention is to share it here. Our hope is that other family members will provide more that we do not yet have. Some documents, such as the many military pension records obtained by Karen Aten Hillman, will probably have to be offered as abstracts because scans of them are so large. Church baptism, marriage and burial records are mostly from transcriptions by New Jersey genealogical and historical societies and were largely compiled by Sylvia Barrett. Obituaries have most often been provided by descendents. Biographies came from county histories, family letters, and other journals.


We thank all those who corresponded with Mamie over the years for all the material they sent, and we thank Mamie for having the energy and persistence to collect, file and keep all of it and for sharing it so freely with all of us. As the results of further research become known they will be added. This applies particularly to the area of DNA testing.



Nicholas Harris Letters Henry J Aten Letters John B Thompson Letters 1898 Reunion Pamphlet
Nicholas Harris to Henry Freeman Aten Letter Aten/Auten Letters/Links Lincoln Letter Lincoln Letter Response

Biographies Obituaries/Death Certificates Published Clippings Land Records and Indentures
Bible Records Controversy-Thomas Hendrick Family Lore Cemetery Records

2002 Reunion DNA Projects Family Histories Aten's Ferry (Upper Mount Bethel PA)
Surname Origin Family Branches Kentucky Atons Lost Lines (We Need Your Help!)

Wills-Transcriptions Wills-Details Orphans Court Marriages
Wills-Inventories Wills-Abstracts Court Records Church Records

Revolutionary War Pensions Revolutionary War Index Cards Revolutionary War Lists
Civil War Lists Civil War Records Other Wars Military Links


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