Notes for Rem Janszen Vanderbeck: First mention of the family is in ancient chronicles of 1162 when the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa presented a knight of the family with a handsome coat of arms. Part of that coat-of-arms is a brook since the name Van der Beeck (or Van der Beck or Vanderbeck) means "of the brook" or "from the brook".
Early records do not agree on where the Van der Beeck family originated, possibly Jeverin in Westphalia (Netherlands) or Coeverden in Overyssel, which is about 75 miles south of Jeverin.
Rem immigrated to New Netherlands in 1642 as a farmer and "smith". Whether that refers to blacksmith or not is uncertain.
The following is paraphrased from "Famous Families of New York" by Margherita Arlina Hamm:
"The founder of the race in America was Rem Jansen Vanderbeeck (Van der Beeck) who came to the New Netherlands in 1642. He was a farmer, and in addition, a skillful blacksmith. At that time, the young men of Holland were obliged by law and custom to learn a regular trade in addition to their ordinary calling. This was done for the protection of the community in the event of inundation by the sea or beleagurement by a foreign army. Soon after Rem's arrival he espoused Jannetje, the handsome daughter of Joris Jansen de Rapalje and settled in Albany, then Fort Orange. He took up a farm, opened a forge and prospered in both callings. He was a man of powerful physique and sweet disposition, a good-natured, laughing giant, who won the affections of young and old. A kind husband and a loving father, he soon had ample opportunity for the use of both virtues, having a family of which fifteen grew up and married. He accumulated property and would doubtless have remained in his first home, but for the rumors of an Indian uprising. He had no fear for himself but much solicitude for his little ones. At the same time, his father-in-law, Joris, bought a large estate at the Wallabout (in Brooklyn), which was held by the family more than two hundred years. In Brooklyn, he was as popular as at Fort Orange. Shortly after his arrival, he was made an official , and during the second Dutch administration, he became a magistrate. Rem died in 1681 and at his funeral his fifteen children with their wives, husbands and children were present. It was a seven days' talk (?)in New York and made so deep an impression upon the public mind that it is probable both his offspring and the public considered the dead man as a greater personality than the race of which he was a member, and so induced the adoption of Remsen as a family name from that time on. "
Patronymics were much used in Europe at this time. The Dutch took their father's first name and added an "s", an "se" or an "sen" to serve as their new last name. Thus the descendents of Rem Van Der Beeck took the patronymic of Remsen.
More About Rem Janszen Vanderbeck and Jannetje Rapalye: Marriage: December 21, 1642, New Netherlands.
Children of Rem Janszen Vanderbeck and Jannetje Rapalye are: