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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 GenerationEdit

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 CenturyEdit

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 LucasEdit

Descendants of JohannesEdit

Descendants of HendrickEdit

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 RachelEdit

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

Descendants of AnnetjeEdit

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

Descendants of EgbertjeEdit

1790 and BeyondEdit

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 YorkEdit

JamaicaEdit

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)Edit

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.

FlushingEdit

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 YorkEdit

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 YorkEdit

South HempsteadEdit

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 HempsteadEdit

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 relationsEdit

Eldred families of upstate New YorkEdit

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 EnglandEdit

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 TasksEdit

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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