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The Eldert family of New Netherlands takes its name from its progenator, Eldert Lucaszen (1651-1722). Eldert married Styntje Hendrickson (1657-1733) in New Netherlands around the year 1676. Their first children were baptized in Flatbush, Kings County, New York, until the family moved to Jamaica in Queens County in 1684. The descendants of Eldert and Styntje adopted the surname Eldert.

First Generation[]

The first generation consisted of the following known children:

Their intermarriage with the Smith family led to unusual naming patterns among their descendants, where English names like Samuel, James, Bejamin and Abigail are alongside Dutch names such as Hendrick, Lucas and Phoebe.

18th Century[]

As there was no census until the year 1790, researchers have traced the family from church records, and used subsequent census data to reveal the following descendants leading up to the first recorded census. All male descendants of the Eldert surname who appear in the 1790 census (including all minor children appearing only as tick marks) are included in the following tree (more female lines will be added pending further research):

Descendants of Lucas[]

Descendants of Johannes[]

Descendants of Hendrick[]

All of Hendrick's children but for Antje were born by Margreitje Wyckoff; Antje's mother was Elizabeth Ryder. This list of descendants is believed to be complete through 1737.

Descendants of Rachel[]

  • Rachel
    • Rachel Smith
    • John Smith
    • Jonathan Smith
    • Adam Smith
    • William Smith
    • Eldert Smith
    • Mary Smith

Descendants of Annetje[]

All of Annetje's children were baptized in Jamaica, New York.

  • Annetje
    • Jannetje Bergen (1702-?) (married Thomas Stringham)
      • Jannetje Stringham (1727-?)
      • Samuel Stringham (c1730-?)
      • Johannes Stringham (1732-?)
    • Eldert Bergen (1705-?)
    • Jan Bergen (1710-1780)
    • Styntje Bergen (1712-?) (married Johannes Polhemus)
      • John Polhemus II (1735-1816) (married Mary Van Wyck (1735-1805), moved to Nova Scotia in 1783)
        • Van Wyck Polhemus (1763-?)
        • Hannah Polhemus (c1766-?) (married John Vanderbilt II)
          • Jeremias Vanderbilt (1786-?)
        • Mary Polhemus (c1768-?)
      • Eldert Polhemus (1740-c1798) (married Sarah Carpenter)
        • John Polhemus (c1769-1806)
        • Mary Polhemus (aft1769-?)
        • Eldert Polhemus II (aft1769-?)
    • Lucas Bergen (1715-1803) (married Susanna Schenck)
      • Sara Bergen (1749-?) (died childless)
      • Johannes Bergen (1751-1776) (married Magdalena Boerum)
        • Johannes Bergen II (1775-?)
        • Maria Bergen (1777-?)
      • Sara Bergen (1754-1814) (married Hendrick Emans)
      • Abraham Bergen (1757-1802) (married Antie Springsteen)
        • Susanna Bergen (1783-?)
        • Caspar Bergen (1784-?)
        • Johannes Bergen (1786-?)
        • Phoebe Bergen (c1788-?)
        • Gilbert Bergen (1790-?)
        • Luke Bergen (1792-?)
        • Roelof Schenck Bergen (1795-?)
        • Antje Bergen (1796-?)
        • Abraham Bergen II (1798-bef1800)
        • Abraham Bergen II (1800-?)
        • Roelof Schenck Bergen (1802-?)
      • Ann Bergen (c1760-1846) (married Auris Remsen)
        • Auris Remsen II (?-?) (married Sarah Bennet)
        • Jannetje Remsen (1786-?) (married Anthony Smith)
        • Altie Remsen (1786-1837)
        • Rem Remsen (1793-?) (married Sarah Bennet)
        • John Remsen (1798-?)
    • Jacobus Bergen (1719-c1790) (married Mary Carpenter)
      • John Bergen (1739-1826)
        • Jacob Bergen (1770-?)
        • Isaac Bergen (1772-bef1791)
        • Mary Bergen (1774-?)
        • Jane Bergen (1777-?)
        • John Bergen II (1779-?)
        • Catharine Bergen (1782-?)
        • Abigail Bergen (1788-?)
        • Isaac Bergen (1791-?)
      • Antie Bergen (1740-?) (married John Everit)
        • John Everit II (aft1755-?)
        • Benjamin Everit (aft1755-?)
        • Sarah Everit (aft1755-?) (married John Ludlum)
      • Elizabeth Bergen (c1742-?) (married Ludlam Smith)
        • William Smith (aft1757-?)
        • Patience Smith (aft1757-?)
        • Nathaniel Smith (aft1757-?)
      • Mary Bergen (c1744-?) (married Isaac Bayles)
        • Tabitha Bayles (aft1760-?)
        • Ann Bayles (aft1760-?)
        • Mary Bayles (aft1760-?)
        • Daniel Bayles (aft1760-?)
        • Jacob Bayles (aft1760-?)
        • Isaac Bayles II (aft1760-?)
      • Jacob Bergen II (1746-1816) (married Mary Marsten)
        • Tunis Bergen (1772-?)
        • Thomas Bergen (1773-?)
        • Ann Bergen (1776-1795) (never married)
        • Jacob Bergen III (1782-?)
        • David Bergen (1784-?)
    • Tunis Bergen (1721-1802)
    • Annetje Bergen (1723-?)

Descendants of Egbertje[]

  • Egbertje
    • Lucas Covert (1709-?) (married married Cornelia Haughwout)
    • Antje Covert (1711-?)
    • Jannetje Covert (1713-?) (married Hendrick Lane)

1790 and Beyond[]

By 1790, the Eldert family of New Netherlands had essentially divided into 6 separate families (not including the families of the Eldert daughters who no longer bore the Eldert surname). The groups are likewise split up into separate detailed articles based on the regions to which they migrated, as follows:

Queens County, New York[]


Samuel Eldert (1758-1828), son of Lucas Eldert (1733-1815), remained in Jamaica, Queens, and pogenated the 19th century Eldert family of Jamaica, New York.

Newtown (now Elmhurst)[]

By 1810, Abraham Eldert (1781-1831), son of Samuel Eldert (1758-1828), had moved to Newtown, New York where he progenated the 19th century Eldert family of Newtown, New York.


Daniel Eldert (c1790-aft1830) and John Eldert (bet1790&1794-aft1810), sons of Abraham Eldert (bet1765&1772-aft1820), progenated the Eldert family of Flushing, New York.

Kings County, New York[]

Hendrick Eldert (c1691-1768) moved to Flatbush, New York, after his marriage to Margaret Wycoff, and progenated the Eldert family of Kings County, New York.

Nassau County, New York[]

South Hempstead[]

All of the Eldert families that lived in South Hempstead, New York in the 1790 census can be traced back to Johannes Eldert II (bef1705-?), with the exception of the household of Lucas Eldert (1733-1815), who was a son of Eldert Eldert (1704-?). These branches, which include the descendants of Israel Eldert (c1734-aft1800) (son of Johannes II), Benjamin Eldert (c1731-bef1790) (son of Johannes II), James Eldert (bef1755-aft1800) (brother or son of Benjamin), and Lucas Eldert (1733-1815), are discussed in greater detail in a separate article on the Eldert family of South Hempstead, New York.

North Hempstead[]

James Eldert took his children to North Hempstead some time prior to his death, where his sons Richard and Nicholas progenated the Eldert family of North Hempstead, New York.

Other possible relations[]

Eldred families of upstate New York[]

In addition to these 6 documented family branches, in 1790, there was a James Eldred living in Stephen Town, Albany County, New York, and an Elisha Eldred living in Minisink, Orange County, New York. It is quite possible that these two individuals are members of undocumented branches of the family. Further research is required to attempt to connect them to the family tree.

Eldred family of New England[]

It should also be noted that there was a large colonial Eldred family of New England. However, it appears these Eldreds are of English ancestry, their name possibly being a shortening of Eldridge.

Research Administrative Tasks[]

The following research and administrative tasks are of top priority:

  • Organize the family's three sub-pages and extend the articles' scope through the 19th century
  • Add the missing descendant branches of the Eldert daughters' lines
  • Create individual biographies of family members
  • Find living descendants for DNA testing
  • Trace the family's ancestors further back into the Netherlands
  • Create pages for the family's collateral ancestral lines including the Smith family and others
  • Continuously monitor and improve the quality of Eldert articles

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