The VanHorn LineThe VanHorn line starts around 1640 in Denmark, when our 7th great-grandfather Matthys Corneliussen was born. Little is known about Matthys, which is Danish for Matthew, early life. We know that he has 2 sons, Cornelius and Abraham. He arrived in America in 1663, landing at what was then New Netherlands that included parts of present-day New York, Delaware, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The main city was called New Amsterdam, which later became New York City. If you wonder why the Dutch have a reputation for greed, then you should know that New Netherlands and New Amsterdam were created by a company, simply to enrich its owners. Slavery was common during the Dutch era, as the Dutch West India Company was one of the most prominent in the world’s trade of slaves.
This was the world that Matthys sailed into. It is known that in February of 1692 he married Fytje Sophia Brouwer. Fytje was born in 1664 in New York. This was her second marriage, she has 5 children in her first marriage. Her father was Adam Brouwer Berkhoven, born in Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Fytje came from a huge family, having at least 20 siblings.
So we see that our heritage is Danish on our 7th great- grandfathers side, and German on our 7th great-grandmothers side.