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|PARENT (M) Louris Jansen Opdyck|
|Birth||1606||by the Zuider Zee dyke in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland|
|Death||1659||Gravesend, Long Island, New Netherlands, NY, New York|
|Marriage||ABT 1640||to Stijntje PIETERS at Holland|
|Father||Jan Dericsen Op Dyck|
|PARENT (F) Stijntje PIETERS|
|Death||16 MAR 1695||New Jersey|
|Marriage||ABT 1640||to Louris Jansen Opdyck at Holland|
|M||Johannes Lourensen Opdyck|
|Birth||16 JUN 1650||Gravesend or Newton, L.I., NY|
|Death||12 FEB 1729||Hopewell, Hunterdon Co., NJ|
'Pieters' is simply the patronymic, meaning 'the daughter of Peter'; it is not a surname as such. 'Jansen' as used by her husband is also the patronymic; 'op Dijk' being as close as we can come to an actual surname.
I emailed the HOLLAND SOCIETY (in NY I think), and they informed me that
LOURIS JANSEN OPDYCK'S wife's name was Stijntje PIETERS according to
the "Van Rensselaer Manuscripts". They said that this info was discovered
while investigating the lineage of John Updike the American author, who
was applying for membership in that organization. He is also descended
from Louris Jansen.
They told me that PIETERS just meant 'the daughter of Peter somebody',
but that is still more than I knew before.
From Willem Rabbelier in Holland (who emailed me the folowing):
For the male ones it's right Dale: if a Dutch given name is ending on an -s,
-sz or (less frequent) a -z this really means 'son of'. The -s, -sz,
indicating: 'zoon' (=son)
Originally it was Pieterszoon, which could become 'Pieterse(n)' or
'Pieters(z)'. Actually 'Pietersz'(meaning Pieterszoon) is double: Pieters
already means 'son of Pieter' so the 'z' of zoon wasn't necessary.
There's more to it; but I have to look that up. When I know more I'll tell