Friday, October 14, 2011

The Dykeman Origins in Early New York

Jack’s maternal line (Dykeman) ascends from the earliest European families who chose to settle on Manhattan Island around the time the English wrestled control of the colony from the Dutch in 1664. Our immigrant ancestor, Jan Dykeman, journeyed across the Atlantic around 1666.

The image above shows the connection of Jack's mother, Ouida Dykeman to Jan Dyckman. Notice the difference in the surnames – this is caused by the turmoil of the American Revolution when a Loyalist faction of the Dykeman family moved to Canada to resettle on lands provided by the British government. 

Jan presumably came to the New World with very little, but became a prominent figure in the community. Arriving at a time that Dutch rule changed to English rule; he must have been involved in many impressionable and turbulent dealings. He married twice and was involved in numerous business transactions that led to him becoming a prosperous land owner in upper Manhattan (called New Harlem at the time) when he died in 1715.

Since the earliest European colonists to New York came from the Netherlands, the Dutch called the area New Netherlands. New Netherland consisted of settlements mainly along the Hudson, Delaware, and Connecticut Rivers, which today are parts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.[1] 

The name New Amsterdam was given to the growing Dutch village on the lower tip of Manhattan, and was a very diverse place both in terms of customs practiced and languages spoken.  Many of the original Dutch documents from the seventeenth century are currently being translated, transcribed and published through an ongoing project in Albany called the New Netherland Project and Institute


  1. I am a direct descendent of Jan Dykeman via Moses > Gilbert > Tillotsen Libby > Orland S > Evelyn Irene ( who was my grandmother ). They are from the Jemseg Dykemans. I am from Rhode Island originally from the original Anthony family, one of the founding families of the colony. My grandfather James Howard Anthony met Evelyn Dykeman when she was in Newport attending nursing school. They married around 1929 and they lived between St. John NB and Newport RI, eventually staying permanently in RI. My closet Dykeman relatives are living in Ontario and NB as far as I know. Virtually all the elders have passed away. Not sure if you know who Bryan Ballard is but he has TONS and TONS of information on the Dykeman family ( his wife is a Dykeman ).

    Sharon Anthony Connors

    1. Hi "cousin "
      So just some background : my grandfather was Grover Dykeman who was the (one of) younger brothers of Orland and who stayed on the farm in Jemseg. My uncle Norman has some old photos including one with Great grandparents and their large family. All the men have dimpled chins which my brother and I both have. Nice looking for fellows. Also Jan Dyckman of Harlem and his defendants is a handy book for Dykeman / Dyckman family since 1660. We bought our copies from Dyckman House in New York.
      John Dykeman


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