Declaration of Pieterje Jans and Annetje Ruys that Hillegont Joris denied that Laurens Cornelissen was the father of her child

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven ], secretary of New Netherland, appeared Pietertjen Jans ], wife of Claes Jansen Buyter, aged about ] 36 years, and Annitjen Buys, wife of Jan Snediger, aged 42 years, who at the request of Laurens Comelisz attest, testify and declare, as they hereby do In place and with promise of a solemn oath if need be and thereto required, that it is true and truthful that they came to the house of Hillegont Joris, who was then delivered of a young daughter. In the presence of the woman in the tavern and Borger's wife[1] they, the deponents, asked who was the father of the said little girl, whereupon she, Hillegont Joris, answered: "Jan, the pilot of the Sevenster, is father of this daughter." She, Hillegont Joris, being asked whether Laurens Cornelisz was not the father of the aforesaid child, she protested against it and sufficiently swore to it that she had never had any carnal conversation with the aforesaid Laurens Cornelisz and that he had never sought such from her. The deponents offer to confirm the same. Done the 9th of July A°. 1644, in Fort Amsterdam, New Netherland.

Annltyen Buys
Petertyen Yans
Cornelis van Tienhoven


The wife of Borger Jorissen.


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 2, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1642-1647 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.