Category Archives: Genealogy

26 April 1651

If you are related to me through a Knickerbocker then you are also related to Johannes Dyckman(Dijckman). Johannes is one of the first of our Dutch ancestors to set foot in the new world. I’ve posted a new page of some descendants of Johannes here.

In the following letter to Peter Suyvesant, Director of the colony of New Netherlands, Johannes is introduced and a recommendation made to place him in any avaiable vacancy. In 1652, Johannes is made commissary of Fort Orange ( Now Albany, New York) and Vice-Director of the colony.

The following letter is from: Correspondence 1647-1653 Translated and edited by Charles T. Gehring The Holland Society of New York and the New Netherland project of the New York Library.

 

More references to Johannes, here.

William R Knickerbocker and Helen Burgess

This picture took a little figuring out. The notes on the back say “Taken as they were leaving Preston July 7th”. The only Knickerbocker that I know of that lived in a city named Preston was Nellie Jane Knickerbocker, her husband Charles Snyder and their flock of children. They lived in Preston, Minnesota beginning about 1910. Nellie Jane was the second child of William and Helen so I’m going to say that this is a picture of William R. and Helen Burgess as they were visiting their married daughter sometime between 1910 and the end of summer 1915 when William R. passed away. So this picture is at least 99 years old ( or the original was – this is a copy I think).

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I keep forgetting to add a little context to these pictures: William R. Knickerbocker and Helen Burgess are the parents of Clarence Knickerbocker. So, for me, these are my great-grandparents. I know for quite a few Knickerbocker descendents out there this would be a picture of your great-great-grandparents, and for some (say Bryana W. for example) these would be her great x 3 grandparents.

Kinda cool!

Here’s a previous post with William and Helen’s wedding certificate.

Helen and Eleanor

For most of the time I knew my Aunts Helen and Eleanor they lived together.¬† In the 1970’s they had an apartment in Inglewood, CA very close to our house as well as being close to their other sisters: Luella and Mildred. In the 80’s all the sisters and their families moved to Yucaipa, CA ( we didn’t ). They both continued to live together until Helen died in 1986.

Here are a few very early pictures of Helen and Eleanor together when they were very little. The notes on the back of the top picture dates it to sometime around March/April 1905. Helen is the older of the two and is listed as three years old while Eleanor is about three months.

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and

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These images are digitized from the original pictures which are, as of this posting, over 100 years old.

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