1. [WILLEM?]1 KLINCKENBERG was born about 1619 in The Netherlands (or possibly Aachen, Westphalia, Prussia?)1, and died Aft. 1649 in either New York or Pennsylvania. He married [----?----] about 1640 in The Netherlands, or New York. She was born 16242, and died Unknown.
Notes for [WILLEM?] KLINCKENBERG:
[The compiler's eighth great grandfather.]
There is some indication that the American Progenitor of our Clinkenbeard family, the father of Willem Klinckenberg (1649-1753), bore the same Christian name that he gave his son: "Willem". On this point, one source states in regard to the son that
"The author is of the opinion, this 'Wellem' [i.e., Willem b. 1649] is our ancestor, but not an immigrant, because he was listed as a native, meaning he was born in the Province of New Netherland. His father probably was named Wellem, also, and no doubt was the immigrant who emigrated from the Netherlands."[a]
(Note: A person migrating from one part of the Dutch nation to another [e.g., from Holland to New Netherland in North America] would not be an "emigrant/immigrant", but rather a "migrant". In the same way, a person moving from England to British North America before 1783, when the Treaty of Paris ended the War of Independence, would be moving from one portion of the English nation to another and, therefore, would not be an "immigrant" to America but a migrant moving from place to place within one nation. Thus, all those who moved to America from The Netherlands before 1664, or from Great Britain before 1783, cannot properly be classified as "immigrants".)
It is probable that (Willem?) Klinckenberg, the father, was born in The Netherlands and migrated within the Dutch nation to the Colony of Nieuw Nederland (now New York) sometime before 1649, for that is where he and his wife were living when their son, Willem, was born in that year. It is not known when or where (Willem?) Klinckenberg died, although it was probably in New York. One researcher states:
"Clinkenbeard genforum message 28 says it is believed he immigrated in 1645. I found a record for him in the Ancestry.com marriage records database. His wife's name is not given, but her birth year is given as 1624."[f]
In 1661, a person named Stynje Klinckenberg, who was from Aachen, Germany, near the Dutch border, was married in Nieuw Nederland to one Jan Doske. Styntje was the widow of Roelof Svensburg of Denmark who died in New Amsterdam in February 1661.[b] It is possible, from her surname, that Styntje was a relative of the American progenitor, (Willem?) Klinckenberg, perhaps even one of his children, which would make her a sister of Willem Klinckenberg of Nieuw Uijtrecht, Nieuw Nederland (New Utrecht, Brooklyn, New York) who was born in 1649.
Styntje's marriage was recorded in a list under the title of "Deutsche Einzeleinwanderer und Familien in Neu-Niederland" in the publication named JAHRBUCH FÜR AUSLANDDEUTSCHE SIPPENKUNDE, 1 (1936), 45-53 [Lancour No. 73, New York Archives]. The entry, in German, appears as follows:
"Klinckenberg, Styntje, aus Aachen, Witwe von Roelof Svensburg, oo 1661 den Soldaten Jan Doske aus Tongern." [Translation: Klinckenberg, Styntje, from Aachen, widow of Roelof Svensburg, married 1661 the soldier Jan Doske from Tongern.][c]
That information would appear to have been taken from the following entry, in the Dutch language, found in the marriage records of the Dutch Reformed Church of New York:
"19 February 1661 Jan Doske van Tongeren, seldat, en Styntje Klinckenbergs, Van Aken, Van Roelef Swensbug." [Translation: 19 February 1661 Jan Doske of Tongeren, soldier, and Styntje Klinckenberg, of Aachen, (widow) of Roelof Swensburg.][d]
Another source reports that the marriage took place in March rather than in February 1661.[b]
A Clinkenbeard coat of arms, that may belong to this family, is described as follows:[e]
· SHIELD: Or, an arm embowed in armour with sword in hand, proper, rising from a mound, sable.
· CREST: A chestnut horse passant, proper, with mane and tail, sable, wearing a garland, vert.
a. Norman Cooper Emerick, A GENEALOGICAL HISTORY OF THE GEORGE COOPER (KIEFER) FAMILY & ALLIED FAMILIES, Chapter ___: "The William Clinkenbeard Family," with Bibliography (Baltimore: N.C. Emerick, pre-publication draft as of Aug 1995) p. 1; photocopy of Chapter & Bibliography MS. supplied to J.E. Stockman courtesy of author.
b. Ibid., p. 4A.
c. Carl Boyer, 3rd, ed., SHIP PASSENGER LISTS: NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY (1600-1825) (1978; reprint Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1992) pp. 14, 21.
d. MARRIAGE RECORDS OF THE DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH, NEW YORK, 1639-1800; from Holland Society of New York; as quoted in the letter of Katie Wilson, Topeka, Kansas, to J.E. Stockman, 21 September 1994, with pre-1972 Clinkenbeard Genealogy of [Mrs] Arlene Conte of San Jose, California.
e. Johannes Baptist Riestap, ARMORIAL GENERAL, VOL. 1: A-K, VOL. 2: L-Z (1950; reprint Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1965).
f. Ken Hinds, "Willem Klinckenberg Genealogy" in HINDS SITE : GENEALOGY OF KEN HINDS; URL:
http://hindskw.com/genealogy.html; 17 January 2006.
Child of [WILLEM?] KLINCKENBERG and [----?----] is: