Update due to more information coming soon.
Nicholas Hascup was born Klaas Arensz Heerschap 2 April 1802 in Ouddorp, Zuid Holland [South Holland], The Netherlands.1 Ouddorp, or "old village," is a small Dutch town build around an ancient church with windmills within walking distance of the town center on the west side of the island of Goeree-Overflakkee.
He was the ninth of eleven Children born to Aren Pietersz Heerschap and Jannetje Pietersdr Francke. When his father died in 1809, Klaas lived with his mother and older brothers and sisters. We first find him in the 1821 Ouddorp Census living with his mother and older brother Adrianus Arensz Heerschap. In the 1826 Ouddorp Census, he was living with his mother, his older brother Philip, and his younger sister Arjaantje.
While still in the Netherlands, Nicholas and Mary gave birth to eight children.
1. Jannetje, born 20 December 1827.
What we do know is that Nicholas and Maria left the Netherlands in 1861 according to the Dutch Emigration records with five children. U.S. passenger manifests in New York show Nicholas and Maria arriving on 6 January 1862 on the Ship Victoria from London in Second Class Cabins.4 The children listed as arriving with Nicholas and Maria were Adriaantje (listed as servant, age 23), Maria (Adriaantje's daughter, age 1), Flip (age 20), and Maria (age 18).
The next record we find is of Adrianntje's marriage to Christian Kriezer on 14 February 1862 at the Reformed Church in Lodi, Bergen, New Jersey. The record of this marriage is included with other records from the First Holland Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Paterson. Does this mean that Adrianntje was a widow at 23? Nicholas is listed as a witness ("getuigen"). But also, do we for a fact know that Adrianntje is Nicholas' daughter? Verification has not come forth yet to show this clearly. Could she have been a daughter-in-law?
In 1864 Maria Heerschap married Jacob Santifort ("Sandford") at the Lodi church on 24 June. Listed as witnesses are Philip Heerschap and Elizabeth Heerschap. Are these all brother and sisters? It appears they are.
On October 3, 1864, many of the families in the Lodi Church met to organize a new work in Paterson called First Holland Reformed Protestant Dutch Church ("Eerste Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Gemeente van Paterson"). Many of these founding families were relatives of the Heerschaps-Hascups. They included Koman, Breen, Sandifort, Troost, van den Handel, Ihrman, Eman, Van Dam, Tanis, and Mierop. The family of Zacharias Heerschap were also original members.
On 28 February 1865 Nicholas' and Maria's daughter Elizabeth (age 20) married Cornelius van den Handel (age 22). Serving as witnesses were their son Peter Heerschap and Anne Quin. The marriage took place at the pastor's house in Paterson. Six weeks later, on 4 April Peter Heerschap married Anne Quin. Serving as witnesses were Philip Heerschap and Job van den Handel. Philip would marry Anne Dell on 28 November 1868.
We find Nicholas and Mary in 1870 living in Saddle River Township, Bergen, New Jersey near the farm of Abraham Hascup. He gives his age as 70. Living with him are Maria ("Mary" age 68), and Peter's family: Peter (age 35), Mary (age 24), Peter (age 3), Nicholas (age 2), and James (6 months, born Dec 1869). This would seem to make the relations clear but the church records from First Holland Church do not show Nicholas' son Peter married to a Mary. The records show Nicholas and Maria as parents of Peter married to Anne Quin on 4 April 1865. Can Anne be Mary? It does seem very likely they are one and the same. First, Quin is found in previous census records as a family from Ireland which matches Mary's given birthplace on the 1870 census. Second, Anne is listed as age 19 at the time of the wedding in 1865. At the time of the census Anne should be about 24, which fits with Mary's claim in July 1870. Finally, Anne's parents according the the church records are Peter and Mary Quin. Is it possible that she was known by her mother's name also? It appears that Anne Quin is also known as Mary Heerschap.